Redwood Planting 2007
The Cal Forestry Club participated in the 3rd annual redwood tree planting in the Claremont Canyon. This year the club planted at the top of the watershed at Chaparral Hill. Cal Foresters knew this was a difficult area for redwood seedlings to become established. They utilized their knowledge about microclimates and edaphic factors to maximize the chance of survival. Redwoods were planted on the north sides of existing vegetation where solar radiation was reduced and soil moisture was higher. Chips that were leftover from the removal of Eucalyptus were found to have a higher albedo than surrounding top soil. Soils under the Eucalyptus chips also contain significantly greater moisture than surrounding soil. The Cal Forestry Club is optimistic that through their efforts the seedlings can evade desiccation.