Field Tour - Parker Ten Mile Ranch, Fort Bragg, CA

Event Date: 
Friday, May 12, 2017 - 13:00 to Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 12:00

Forest Stewards Guild and (DREGS) field tour

May 12-13, 2017

Parker Ten Mile Ranch, Fort Bragg, CA

Field Tour Summary

The Forest Stewards Guild and (DREGS Working group) will be hosting a field trip and campout on the Park Ten Mile Ranch, located 10 miles north of Fort Bragg, California. We will gather at the Manchester Grove at 1:00 on Friday and take a walk through an area that has been harvest twice under an Non-industrial Timber Harvest Plan using a single tree selection system. Later in the evening we will regroup at the Grove for a cookout and social time. Participants are encouraged to camp on the site or make other arrangements for the night. Saturday morning we will look at areas where small openings, less than a quarter acre, were created to encourage redwood regeneration in sites dominated by tanoak or grand fir. Event will end by noon.

Field Tour Topics

The Parker Ten Mile Ranch has been managed under a Non-Industrial Timber Management Plan (NTMP) since 1992 and one of the first Guild designated Model Forest. The primary silvicutural method has been single tree selection with small groups less than ¼ acre in size. This method best mimics the natural disturbances of the coastal area of Mendocino County. Large, stand replacement fires are rare this close to the coast, and natural disturbances are typically related to high wind events or individual tree mortality.

Discussions will focus on management of micro sites, with an emphasis of encouraging growth of redwoods and Douglas-fir. We will cover how to encourage adequate conifer regeneration, bear damage, cable yarding, tanoak management, and managing under a working forest conservation easement. The number of specific site visits has been limited to allow for extensive discussions and exchange of ideas. Please come ready to be an active participant.

Depending on weather and condition of forest roads, the tour may require substantial walking, primarily of woods roads, with occasional treks on steeper skid trails with unstable footing. Please wear appropriate footwear.

Field Tour Agenda

Friday May 12

1:00 PM Meet at the Manchester Grove located on the Parker Ten Mile Ranch. See attached map for direction. Allow 30 minutes of travel time from the city of Fort Bragg. Feel free to come as early as 12:00 to relax and get settled. Bring your own lunch and enjoy it in the picnic area of the grove. We will consolidate into as few as vehicles as possible to drive up into the woods at 1:15. Four-wheel drive vehicles with good clearance are advised in the woods.

1:30 PM Site I: Manchester Management Unit. Discussions will include the management history of the property, managing second growth redwood sprout clumps, creation of older forest characteristics, and requirements of our conservation easement.

3:30 PM Site II: Vallejo Management Unit. Discussions will address the creation of small group openings, tanoak management and working with lower-value species to create wildlife structures.

5:30 PM Head back to Manchester Grove to set up camp; dinner and social time around the fire. Bring your favorite beverage.

8:00 PM Weather permitting, we will head out into the evening to try and located a pair of Northern Spotted Owls and will discuss management options and the inevitable influx of Barred Owls.

Saturday May 13

7:30 AM Light breakfast around camp, will be provided. We will plan on leaving the grove at 8:30. 

9:00 AM Site III: Snag Gulch Management Unit. We will look an area that has been harvest three times under the NTMP. The first entry in 1993 was primarily a thinning from below with very selective removal of larger-diameter fir. The second entry, 2005, focused on spacing of co-dominates and grand fir competition on redwood. The most recent harvest, 2016, looked at micro sites and removed trees from all size classes depending on the desired stand condition for that site.

11:30 AM Return to Manchester Grove for a wrap-up. For those that are able to stay longer, there are numerous opportunities for sightseeing on the Mendocino Coast.

 

Cost: $25 includes dinner and light breakfast.

Registration: To register, please visit this link: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=7ymsovcab&oeidk=a07ee1kq3na2c278781.

FMI: For more information, please contact Linwood Gill (linwood@forestguild.org or 707-961-0377).