Our spring 2011 field trip to Douglas County started with an interview of two Commissioners, Joe Laurance and Doug Robertson. Here is Joe dicsussing his proposals for restoration forestry on the Umpqua National Forest.
Doug then took over, discussing his proposals for O&C (BLM) forestlands in Douglas County.
The Commissioners provided lots of maps for us to look at. The one in the foreground includes purple circles for each known nesting spotted owl pair, suggesting how much forestland would be set aside.
For lunch, we met with Jim Caplan to discuss his approaches to environmental dispute resolution.
Then we headed to the Douglas County Museum for a quick overview of its cultural and natural history.
We then traveled down to Canyonville, and took a hike on the Alder Creek Community Forest site with Alan Baumann and Bob Heilman. Here is Alan talking about his community forestry ideas.
And here's Bob talking about the gritty history of forests and forestry in the county.
Bob pointing out a wildflower…
…and Alan pointing out a possibly old (but small-diameter) tree to dispel the notion of diameter as a proxy for age.
After the hike, students set up their tents.
In the evening we are at the local Mexican restaurant…
…and pretended it was Chloe's birthday, so they loaned us a hat!
Then it got passed around a bit…
Early Saturday morning, we set off with Ken Carloni and David Parker on a 9-mile roundtrip climb up Canyon Mountain.
Here's Ken talking about the vegetative and geological history of southwestern Oregon.
A few of our intrepid students descended with their GPS units to ground-truth an anomalous bald patch we identified in the 1939 and current air photos…
…and returned, after some labor, with their finding: it was a rock outcrop!
We eventually made it to the summit and a nite overlook of the South Umpua River valley.
And some scrambled a bit further to Tellurium Peak, the high point of the Alder-Jordan watershed!
All in all, we made it back safely and with lots of stories about opportunities and challenges facing forestry in Douglas County.