Portions of the property, primarily along the flats and associated benches, were settled by homesteaders near the turn of the 20th century. Other than subsistence farming, primary agricultural uses were livestock grazing, apples, barley and potatoes. Small areas were logged for making split material and for a small sawmill.
Most of the old-growth timber was harvested from 1936 through the mid-1940s. Union Lumber Company logged the area with steam powered ground-lead yarders and bulldozers that pulled iron-wheeled arches. Logs were skidded to the bottom and hauled to Fort Bragg via the railroad. The railroad was removed and converted into an off-highway truck road in 1948.
By the late 1940s, virtually all the old-growth timber was harvested. After an area was harvested, it was sold to the ranch and burned to convert it grassland for grazing. Some areas were seeded with grass via airplane. Following the conversion attempts, up to 1,000 sheep grazed on the ranch annually. The conversion attempts were only temporarily successful as the forest eventually reoccupied the site. Since the late 1970s, grazing activity has been limited to two confined pastures near the residential area.
The property was sold to Harwood Investment, Co. in 1968. For the next 20 years, about 80% of timbered area was harvested, primarily on the gentler slopes. These harvests removed the remaining accessible old-growth trees and high percentage of young growth trees greater than 18-20” dbh.
The Parker family acquired the property in 1989. Prior to development and approval of a Non-industrial Timber Management Plan (NTMP) in 1992, activity was limited to small salvage operations, road and drainage improvements, tree planting, and pre-commercial thinning. Since the approval of the NTMP, most of ranch has been selectively harvested twice. More than 27 million board feet have been harvested, but the property currently has nearly three times the volume it did when it was purchased.
The Parker Ten Mile Ranch has been managed under a Non-Industrial Timber Management Plan (NTMP) since 1992. The primary silvicutural method has been single tree selection with small groups less than ¼ acre in size. This method best mimics the natural disturbances of the coastal area of Mendocino County. Large, stand replacement fires are rare this close to the coast, and natural disturbances are typically related to high wind events or individual tree mortality.
What You Will See
Demonstration of single selection harvest in redwood stands by Linwood Gill, RPF. Tour recent harvest activity (possibly active harvest if timing works out), two-year post-harvest area and 10-year post harvest area in the Manchester Grove unit. We will discuss our management philosophy and family succession plan. During lunch the family and The Nature Conservancy will discuss the recent conservation easement on the ranch.
Where to Meet
Please park in the Caltrans parking lot along Highway 1 across from the Haul Road at mile marker 69.22. If you cross the Ten Mile Bridge you have gone too far. Please bring a 4-wheel drive vehicle if possible.
We will gather at the Caltrans parking lot parking lot at 10:00am and then caravan into the property approximately 4.5 miles inland along the haul road to the Manchester Ranch unit of our ranch. Once parked at Manchester, we will consolidate into 4-wheel drive vehicles and caravan along the logging roads.
A complete sack lunch will be provided in the Manchester Picnic Grove among towering old growth redwoods. A port-potty is available at the picnic grove.
FLC Members - $30 per person
Nonmembers - $35 per person
Reservations are REQUIRED and must be made no later than October 3, 2017. Please complete the form and include payment; mail or fax to the FLC office: (916) 932-2209.
WHAT TO WEAR
Comfortable covered toe shoes suitable for the terrain are recommended. Bring camp chairs and be prepared for any weather condition in early-October.
Deidre Bryant, Executive Director
(877) 326-3778 • firstname.lastname@example.org