I d love you to come up and learn me some more tree stuff, always and anytime. It’s pretty confusing forest right now. The redwoods with growth all up the trunk are dropping, the all brown ones are still up, mostly. Probably water weight or something is a factor. There hot to medium to cold zones in this burn, I’m still wrapping my head around it all. Sure is nice to see the understory growth now. That’s not happening everywhere yet. As far as gtg dates for 2021, let’s do 2nd weekend again. As far as seedlings (are you talking about bringing some here?) we might not have permission to replant anything. Parks are pretty strict about that. I’d have to fill out 1000000000 pages of paper work and have overpaid undereducated “scientists “ approval.In the Santa Cruz mountains after the CZU lightning complex from August 2020 a huge amount of redwoods were inside the burn scar. These are, with few exceptions, second growth trees or younger. While at first glance there appears to be no damage to the redwoods, there is indeed damage that is showing up now. Since these trees are (mostly) clones of the mother tree, aka fairy rings, their root system is shallow. Much shallower than the mother trees. It is these shallow roots that suffered damage during the fire. Now we are experiencing massive die back, browning, stress, or whatever you want to call it.
Tyler you might want to look at your forest where fire burn in and around the fairy rings. (Not all trees in a fairy ring are from the center mother tree, some may be root sprouts from other trees.) Let me know if you want me to come there and walk around too.