Biennial Report of the State Forester Volume 5

Biennial Report of the State Forester Volume 5

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1914 edition. Excerpt: ...species: manzanita, buckthorn, oak, bear clover, wild lilac, azalea, alders, poplar, willow, ceanothus, wild rose, and chinquapin. Except in a few sections where the forest cover is exceptionally thick, reproduction is not greatly retarded. Abundant reproduction was noted in the old cut-over land. Ground Cover. The ground cover is good in the virgin timber, where it is composed chiefly of a good layer of needles, ferns, grasses, and thimbleberries. The humus is especially thick in the small flats along Big Creek. On the cut-over land the ground cover is poor, rendered so by logging operations and fires. Logging. Sugar pine and white fir form most of the cut made by this company. Owing to the steep character of the country, all the logging is done with donkey engines. Most of the logs are hauled to the landing by means of dry chutes, but a "sky line" is used to get the logs out of the canyon. The mill at Sugar Pine is equipped with two band saws, and cuts from 250,000 to 300,000 board feet every twenty-four hours, working day and night shifts. From the mill, the rough lumber is flumed 54 miles to the planing mill and box factory at Madera. No consideration is given to reproduction during logging operations. Trees are felled wherever most convenient, often in dense clumps of young growth, completely destroying the latter when the logs are skidded out. Many trees are also killed, peeled, or badly broken by the cables. The destruction is most complete in the areas logged by the skylines. Every tree of any size has to be cut down in order to make an unobstructed path for the logs. Sugar and yellow pine are cut down to a diameter of about 14 inches. Practically all white fir and cedar from which a log can be taken is cut. More seed...
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  • Paperback | 88 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 172g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236951123
  • 9781236951120