Daniel J. Miller's Life History and Ecological Guide to the Coast Redwood, Sequoia sempervirens.
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Life History and Ecological Guide to the Coast Redwood, Sequoia sempervirens
by Daniel J. Miller.
This report refers to the first edition, made available August 2005.
Miller provides a detailed report on the life and ecological of the Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens).
Relevant to any student of the Coast Redwood, this document looks at a patch of redwoods at the southern
end of Sequoia sempervirens's coastal range.
This patch is the Mangels Ranch Area of the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park.
Miller's document includes:
Currently available in the libraries of Santa Cruz county.
- 116 pages of text.
- A profusion of clear and attractive line-drawings and diagrams by Miller.
- The front cover with illustrations of a redwood sapling,
a youthful redwood with uplifted branches, and a mature redwood with thickener
trunk and down-turned branches.
- Figures 1 and 2:
Plans of Mangels Ranch Area and the lower are of the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park.
An additional map is needed, to place the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park
in the Sequoia sempervirens's coastal range.
Figure 5 shows Santa Cruz county, but that is not soon enough or sufficient.
- Figure 4.1, a beautiful presentation of the seeds and needles of the redwood.
- Figure 4.2, the Omega residual old-growth redwood. Features illustrated by
the Omega include:
- Fire cavity.
- Sprout ring.
- Trunk burl.
- Twisted or spiral bark (relatively rare).
- Woodpecker granary (no longer active on this example).
- Figure 4.3, Piggyback redwood nurse tree.
- Figure 4.4, cross-section of 25-inch diameter tree.
- Figures 4.5 to 4.11 show a variety of tree structures, three of which are reproduced on the cover page.
- Figure 4.17, a demonstration of the healing process of a redwood to a buttress injury received 61
- The first handful of pages show the reasons for the guide and its scope:
- Tables 1, 2, and 3 (pp. 85-86) list the Mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and birds
observed in the studied area in the last four decades.
- Tables 4 and 5 (pp. 87-88) are partial lists of the common native plants and the
introduced invasive plants.
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