Site exploration in SE corner around Sunset Point

MONITOR: 1.5 hours: 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Scoped out SE corner of the property, assessing stand quality and treatment options.

Walked throughout the SE corner of the property, up through the horizontal hemlock thicket, out to the spectacular Sunset Point, then on up the southern property line to the monument marker at the SE corner. This was the first time exploring this area, and I wanted to get a good sense what’s involved with restoring the southern end of Eastern Wedge unit. It is so thick with small downed trees, that it is pointless to walk through without a chainsaw blazing in front of you. However, once this stuff is slashed to the ground, there appear to be plenty of robust, upright specimens to create a fine stand. The hemlocks in the extreme upper SE corner appear to have suffered less top-damage as the ones below. Some easy cleanup in the partially-harvested Sunset View promontory will make this a “go-to” destination, with a commanding view to the NW across lower Willapa Bay and Long Island. All the property lines in this area are essentially roughed-out trails following abundantly and brightly blazed trees, so there is no question as to where the boundary lies. There is also a monument marker in the SE corner (rather loose in the ground).








Sunset Point in the SE corner, looking NW over Clearwater Creek drainage, Willapa Bay and Long Island.

A remnant stand of hemlock and cedar provide the backdrop to this expansive promontory. A 6 year-old clearcut falls off down the slope in front, and a 16 year-old regenerated forest (native hemlock overtaking the planted Doug Fir) rises up the hill to the right (not pictured).

Written by john. Posted in Blogs, Clearwater Creek blog