Round Top Geologic Area

Round Top Geologic Area | A Journey Through Geologic Time … Extinct volcanoes and glacially sculpted land are some of the clues to the past that you will encounter on your journey through the Round Top Geologic Area. Dramatic changes to the landscape have...

Round Top Botanical Area

Round Top Botanical Area | Discovering Botanical ‘Gold’ In January of 1830, Kit Carson stood near the area we recognize today as Carson Pass. He was followed in the 1850s by a flood of gold seekers traveling through the area. Today thousands of visitors...

Uses of Plants In and Around the Forest

Uses of Plants In and Around the Forest by Candice Cantin Packard Native use of plants as medicine is often looked upon as something of the past which has little relevance to our current needs. However, as a professional Herbalist and Member of the American Herbalist...

Beavers: A Closer Look

Beavers: A Closer Look by Donald L. Fink Autumn in the Sierras has always been a special time and place for me. As long as I can remember, I’ve made a trip to the Sierras one last time in the fall, just to check’ on things to make sure everyone was ready...

The Mysterious Mistletoe

The Mysterious Mistletoe by Bob Scharf, Retired Forest Service Plant Pathologist Mistletoe on pines you say? I thought mistletoe was that evergreen, parasitic plant that grows on oaks and other broadleaf trees. Very true, but there is also another mistletoe in...

Going Batty in the Eldorado National Forest

Going Batty in the Eldorado National Forest by Susan Yusada Bats are unique in that they are our only true flying mammal. They are more closely related to primates than rodents. They are placed in the order Chiroptera which means “hand-wing”. This means...