Old Growth Forest Tour – Cedar River Watershed 8/6/2016

Watershed panorama
Watershed panorama

Another Cedar River Watershed Education Center (CRWEC) tour, ‘Among the Ancients’ led by Clay Antiou to visit old growth forest stands in the watershed.  What a fun and educational day.  We left about 9am and did not get back until 4:30.  It was worth it.

We drove by Chester Morse Lake on the way to our first stop, a second growth stand so we could see the difference between the newer and the older trees.

Chester Morse Lake
Chester Morse Lake

As we walked through the forest Clay continually pointed out interesting facts about trees, lichens, mosses, ferns – and fascinating little plants like these Indian Pipes:

Indian Pipe
Indian Pipe

The first old growth stand we visited was the Lost Creek stand:

Among the ancients
Among the ancients

We then drove east at about 4,000 feet (along a very rough road) to the Findlay Lake stand:

Clay Antiou at Findlay Lake
Clay Antiou at Findlay Lake

We got to this beautiful little sub-alpine lake via a nice little steepish hike of about a half mile.  And at the trailhead was a challenging peak.  Too bad this area is off limits, or I and a few other hikers I know would love to give this one a try:

Wish we could try this one
Wish we could try this one

As always, a great tour.  I look forward to September and my next one, a reprise of last year’s ‘Adventures in Forest Ecology’.

 

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