True. Forest fires are responsible for the creation of the Pines and depend on it. I guess the next best are the controlled burns but that only thins the ground cover not the canopies. Mentioned further down in this thread the white pines are not native and were planted to be harvested as a resource. I'm sure the intention was lumber or paper, not wood chips left to rot. I just got caught up in the beauty of those forests vs the ignorant tangled nightmare of the Pines that are NOT burned. Another "oasis" is the corner along the county line at Coyle Field.That picture Guy sent the woods looks incedibly choked and shaded. Thinning forest in the pines is a good thing everyone, at least in my opinion. Not many of the rare species I know of enjoy a thick forest, open clearings and more open forest is what they desperately needed for their existence. With the lack of fires, forestry operations and similar clearings or thinings are critical in my opinion. I see this as a good thing.
Anything 80+ years is definitely old, almost real old, bordering on ancient. No offense toward anyone that old on this site. I would think having a structural engineer check it out would be one of the first things to do, especially if they are planning to use it for the next 10 years.McLaughlin said the structure could be considered old, but the state has maintained it and its 20 other fire towers well. They are painted regularly, stairs have been replaced and additional braces installed.
It has not been examined by a structural engineer to determine how long it can be safely used, he said. But fire spotters know it well and report any problems they see.
He expects the tower to continue being used for the next five to 10 years.
They can, we brought a couple Sequoia seedlings home when we were out there visiting. They were for sale in the Muir Woods VC. They lasted for quite a few months then checked out, probably more our fault. Our acidic soil should be perfect for them, but I think they need the humidity.Could redwoods actually grow in our soil and climate? I wouldn't have thought so. I lived in Northern California for a year and loved those big trees, which were right outside our door. I brought some seeds when I returned East and wanted to grow a tree in a flower pot but didn't have any luck at all.