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Jepson Field Book volume 17 page 168 | University and Jepson Herbaria Archives, University of California, Berkeley

Jepson Field Book volume 17 page 168
Del Norte Co. [July 12, 1907] Quartz Creek, Jones Creek (Big Flat) (night camp) cont. from preced. [preceding] page. See p. 202a. Vaccinium ovatum Goats beard.  -Tan Oak, from Quartz Creek we climb over a mountain and drop straight down to Jones Creek. There is Tan Oak along all the ridges that we follow. It thins out and disappears on the steepest canyon sides dominated by Douglas Fir. Madrona is with it on all the ridges and little flats or benches on the mountain sides. It is more unevenly distributed here than in any other place that I have seen it. In some places on the ridges I saw spots of two acres what will peel 15 cords. The stand is tall, 70 to 100 feet high, and 1 to 3 feet diameter, straight clean long trunks for the most part. Taking the backbone of the ridges generally I suppose a cord an acre would be a good high average. So said it is exceedingly spotty but sufficient to be of great commercial value, altho too inaccessible now to be of any importance. Nearly all of it is badly damaged in the trunks by fire hollows at base. I never saw trees of Tan Oak more generally or badly damaged. Madrona-In sylvan beauty the North Coast Range woods of Madrona, Tan Oak, Douglas Fir and Black Oak are the most beautiful woods of California, and this is chiefly owing to the Madrona. These mixed woods of which I speak are fairly open, never dominated by one coniferous species so as to  ::::::::: [Del Norte Co.] July 12, 1907 [Quartz Creek, Jones Creek (Big Flat) (night camp)]  be gloomy, but they have a lightness, diversity and color which appeals with the liveliest effect to the imagination and gives a satisfying pleasure to the senses. These woods are more beautiful than the Sierran woods, the best and finest example of which is the Giant Forest, altho that is grander, more impressive and has a more magnificent setting of mountains, snow peaks and abysmal gorges.  Tan Oak-Has had a hard time in this country. It is stump sprouting freely, but one see that it has been burned twice in recent years. Ceanothus velutinus grows with great rankness. It is still bush-like or shrub-like but individuals have the stature of trees, 16 feet high and with distinct long trunks because so crowded and so high. The dead fire-killed limbs sticking over and into trail made the descent of the hill (down to Jones Creek) one of the worst I ever followed. One had to bend his head below his saddle horn and then was never sure that something worse wasn't coming to jab his eyes if he raised his head.  Douglas Fir. Mutilation. Saw three healed over stumps 10 in. to 1 1/2 ft. diam. [feet diameter] in trail from Klamath to Crescent City.  Chamaecyparis Lawsoniana-along Quartz Creek, fine trees 150 feet high. The gorge very deep and narrow and all the trees carved up, tall and slender.  Jones Creek, Big Flat-Indian half-breed settlement. Night camp.
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