National Geographic : 1964 Jul
Running salmon lure shoals of fishermen N BLUE-GRAY MIST on an August morning, anglers flock to the Klamath River, only 20 miles from the newly explored redwood grove. Salmon and steelhead trout by the hundreds of thousands run the gantlet to upstream spawning grounds. At the run's height, the small-boat fleet covers the river. Regrowth redwoods on surrounding hill sides hide cabins of summer visitors, many escaping from the heat of California's cen tral valley. Town of Klamath lies two and a half miles away, beyond the ridge at right. Lucky angler, calling it a day, uses a hefty pole to carry his catch. Larger of the two Chinook salmon weighs about 40 pounds. KODACHROMESBY PAUL A. ZAHL © N.G .S . The second and third trees were among those that Chet and his men had pointed out. Less than five inches of height separated my find, the champion, from No. 2. "Wouldn't it be marvelous," mused Dr. Grosvenor that evening, as some of us dis cussed the day's events, "if that grove could be preserved for the American people?" That, of course, lay in the future. For the moment, Mr. Libbey of the Arcata Company had assured us that no lumbering would be done in this vicinity for an indefinite period. Meantime, I had one more field trip to make. I had still not seen the seven miles of Redwood Creek downstream from the big grove. What if another champion lay just beyond the next bend of the creek?