Friday, May 11, 2012

amidst old growth

so these are NOT yellow-cedars but coast redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens). most of the photographs from my past school year in california don't look like this. they document hundreds of tree cores dried and labelled, stacks of field sheets for data entry, books on stand dynamics and R coding and statistical models [i'll spare you]. i've been sorting, resorting, coding, recoding, and analyzing measurements from the thousands of trees and thousands of plants we measured last summer. we still have more to come.

(Map Source: NOAA, Office of Coast Survey)

clock is ticking again. in just six weeks we'll boat into glacier bay national park to establish sites in the live forests just north of the current limits of mortality. it is prep time: map making, waterproofing, logistics planning, trainings, checking off the list bit by bit and savoring sunshine.

- lauren

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