When Ferns Grow on Trees
Flora & Fauna

When Ferns Grow on Trees

In the depths of winter, an amazing emergence of emerald green ferns appear on cliffs, rocks, and forest tree trucks throughout the coast redwood forest. These delicate beauties are Polypodium glycyrrhiza, commonly known as licorice fern. The species name, glycyrrhiza, means sweet root in Greek and is aptly named because the fern’s rhizome tastes faintly of licorice. This … Continue reading

Highlights from the Coast Redwood Science Symposium
Flora & Fauna

Highlights from the Coast Redwood Science Symposium

Last month, redwood scientists and forest stewards from as far away as New Zealand gathered for the fourth Coast Redwood Science Symposium in Eureka, CA. Twenty years after the first symposium, this three-day event showcased a tremendous amount of progress in the field of redwood science in topics ranging from genetics to wildlife. Highlights from … Continue reading

Amazing (and Grisly) Wildlife Day at Orick Mill Site
Flora & Fauna

Amazing (and Grisly) Wildlife Day at Orick Mill Site

Warning: this topic is gruesome, and awesome. Last week, Land Project Manager Christine Aralia and I walked the Orick Mill Site with Texas State researcher Butch Weckerly. Butch has studied the Roosevelt elk in Redwood National and State Parks since 1997, witnessing local extinctions and population explosions of the elk over the years. We walked … Continue reading