Stop 2:Ancient Trees

 
  • Chestnut oak with burl
 
 
A 400-year-old chestnut oak with 7-foot-wide burl
 

 

The striking rock formations in the ravine make it easy to forget the magnificent forest that surrounds the Gulch. Old-growth forest is an integral and essential part of the Stebbins Gulch ecosystem, providing vital habitat for animals and plants that require deeply shaded forest and cool, shaded streams to survive and reproduce. 

 

Towering Red Oak Black Cherry Tree Yellow Birch Tree Soil Probe
       
       
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