I went to North Beach Park this afternoon and ran into one of my master forester cohorts, collecting twigs for winter ID practice. I talked him into a difficult traverse with me, down the slope of the headwaters bowl to liberate what I thought was a single Western Red Cedar. It turned out to be a few, all covered with various weeds and the smaller ones being shaded out by salmonberry. So we “liberated” them. The tallest one (in the foreground) is big enough to survive mountain beaver attention. The one he has his hand on (you can’t really see it) might provide a nice snack.
What looked like had happened to us is a red alder had fallen, taking a mid-canopy Red Cedar with it. These were living branches that had survived the fall, reorienting and establishing themselves.
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