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Redwood National Park's (Not So) Bald Hills

Cross-posted all over the place; my apologies to those of you who see this more than once.

Exclusive to park_rangers: my employment situation actually turned out okay in the end. More on that later, but for now, enjoy the following {|:D>

I suggest visiting California in spring; I suggest visiting the redwoods in late spring; and I suggest visiting Redwood National Park's Bald Hills Road right now.

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I began my first week of my third summer season as an interpretive ranger at Redwood National Park on Monday, and we spent Wednesday afternoon training in the field. For updates on vegetation and fire management within the parks, we began our afternoon at Lyons Ranch at the park's southern boundary. Ranchers burned the prairies on the ridgelines above the redwoods to provide more nutritious grazing for their cattle, just as the local tribes have for elk and deer over millenia, and as the park's fire management staff now does within its boundaries. Our main fire guy informed us that two years after such a prescribed burn, the purple lupine often respond with robust blooms; but in over twenty years on the job, he had never seen a bloom quite like this.

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If you can make the trip, visit now and take that extra time to explore Bald Hills Road beyond the redwood forest; you'll get a special treat that we just can't offer any old time!

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crayonbeam
May. 17th, 2007 08:05 pm (UTC)
Beautiful!
rantingranger
May. 24th, 2007 05:49 am (UTC)
I don't know what kind of free time you get or how much traveling you care to do with the little guy, but you couldn't pick a better time to come here for a weekend getaway of sorts. The rhododendrons have joined in the blooms now as well.
(Anonymous)
Feb. 9th, 2009 06:23 pm (UTC)
bald hills lupin
i was lucky enough to be up on bald hills for this bloom in '07 and easily managed to go through a couple rolls of film. in over 20 years of occasionally visiting this site (i love the rolling hills here and also the kneeland bridgeville road) i have never seen anything like this bloom outside hunter-liggett and carrizo. for this site, i never expect to again.
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