National Geographic : 2009 Oct
MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER BROWN ALL From the southernmost redwood in Big Sur to the northernmost tree near Oregon s Chetco River, Mike Fay and Lindsey Holm spent almost a year walking the redwoods (map, far right), stopping o en to record plants, animals, and forest condi- tions around them. ey passed through the birthplace of redwood logging in the Santa Cruz Mountains (top le ), through San Francisco, rebuilt with redwood timber a er the earthquake and res of 1906, and across the Golden Gate Bridge (top right). Hauling laptops, hard drives, and cameras in 60-pound packs, they used the woods as their o ce and springs and rivers as their faucet and bathtub (middle le ). eir focus was forest management, whether noting the size of a truck- load of logs (middle right), checking out a burn pile in a clear-cut (bottom le ), or looking for marbled murrelets up high in old growth (bottom right). "In 20 years we won t think of logging these lands like we do today," Fay says. "Our knowledge of these forests is constantly evolving." ■ Society Grant The Redwood Transect was funded in part by your National Geographic Society membership. Additional support came from Wildlife Conservation Society and Save the Redwoods League.