National Geographic : 1964 Jul
Three swimmers get acquainted. Zahl chil dren found the newt (Tarichagranulosa)under a rock in glass-clear Eel River (page 36). Green plumes of five-finger fern billow from perpendicular walls of Fern Canyon, near Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. The can yon carries runoff from some 100 inches of rain in winter. The Save-the-Redwoods League hopes to preserve this green bower. Sandy calling cards, footprints of a black bear and her cub lie near Redwood Creek within a hundred feet of the tallest tree. Seeds and cones sprinkle the ground. Redwood Company, Howard A. Libbey, had a similar reaction. Grinning broadly, he placed long-distance calls to timberlands manager Harry W. Wier and the company's chief for ester, Gene Hofsted. "I've just heard we've got some very tall trees on our property," he said. "We're going out for a look tomorrow. Try to be here." Surveyors Tackle a Difficult Task With Chet and his Park Service colleagues, our party numbered 14 men-"Probably the largest crowd of palefaces ever assembled in this grove," someone observed.