Grouse Ridge

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Approximately 1,459 acres. Established 2016.

Access: Public access allowed.

Conservation Values:  Forest productivity, climate change research, headwaters protection

This land has been transferred from PG&E to the Center of Forestry at UC Berkeley. The land will be managed by the same team who runs the Blodgett Research Forest in Georgetown. Climate change research will be a main focus on this Preserve. Already underway are plans to conduct forest adaptation studies and research on the effect of various timber harvesting methods to promote productivity and study the effects on water use.
Located along Grouse Ridge and containing parts of Clear Creek and Rucker Creek, the three parcels contain a wide variety of landscapes and forest types. The Fall Fire of 2008 burned through approximately 200 acres of the western parcel and provides a great opportunity to document the successional changes over time of a fire affected forest system.

BYLT is very excited to be working with UC Berkeley on permanent protection of this forest. The research will be a great base of knowledge for other forest landowners to understand forestry in the face of climate change.

Cool Facts:  This land has been transferred from PG&E to the Center of Forestry at UC Berkeley. The land will be managed by the same team who runs the Blodgett Research Forest in Georgetown. Climate change research will be a main focus at the Grouse Ridge Forest. Already underway are plans to conduct forest adaptation studies and research on the effect of various timber harvesting methods to promote productivity and effects on the water flows.

Flora and Fauna:  Golden eagles (Aquila chrysaetos), peregrine falcons (Falco peregrinus) and western tanagers (Piranga ludoviciana) are a few of the birds that have been spotted on site. This is also the range for the Pacific fisher (Martes pennanti) which is a candidate to be listed as threatened under the California Endangered Species Act.

What to do there:  There are historic recreational public access on this Property in the form of hiking.

How to get there:   These parcels are located both east and west of Bowman Lake Road. The old Camp 19 site acts as a trailhead area for hikers who would like to explore the forests. No developed trails exist on this Property, however skid roads can be found throughout. This is a forest with active research and management projects so please use caution if accessing this land.  

Rules, regulations:  No hunting or overnight camping are allowed on this Property.

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