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  1. Buckeye Canyon is west and a little south of Bridgeport, California on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada. Buckeye Creek is a tributary of the East Walker River. The eastern slope is in the rain shadow of the Sierra Nevada, and conditions for tree growth are unfavorable compared to conditions on the western slope. The logging of presumed “old-growth” forest 150 years ago likely resembled clearcutting. There may have been later logging. Most of the Buckeye Creek drainage is in Toiyabe National Forest, with only small inholdings. An evaluation of the regeneration, especially on areas that have not been logged again, would be of much interest.

  2. Yep, it is an odd place to put a lumber mill! Many of those east slope trees appear to be a sub-species, with long thick branches. Some of those trees, when felled, merely fall over on their sides, with those branches supporting the rest of the tree. It would seem that limbing them up would be quite hazardous. I think it was back in the 80’s when they still harvested trees for boards. Actually, a good friend of mine is being considered for a Forestry Tech position for the BLM, around Bishop. They seem to be doing some fire prevention fuels work but, nothing really commercial, unless it is for firewood.

  3. You are just a few miles west of Bridgeport, California, on the Bridgeport Ranger District, Toiyabe National Forest (now called Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest for no good reason), where I was on the three-man fire crew in 1962 and district fire prevention guard from 1963-1966. It’s a wonderful piece of country east of the Sierra Nevada where I learned the ropes on my first Forest Service job under the leadership of two great district rangers and a great fire control officer.

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