Secondary growth redwoods can grow fairly quickly by utilizing the well developed root system of the parent tree.

Primary growth redwoods are considerably smaller than similarly aged secondary growth trees. The claypan subsoil with poor nutrients in this area makes growth for these dwarf trees even more challenging.

Plant Communities

  • Chinquapin groves
  • Douglas fir forest
  • Redwood forest
  • Freshwater marsh

Dwarf Redwoods

The population of dwarf redwoods located here are small and thin when contrasted with other redwoods on campus of the same age. Probably seeded 80-100 years ago at the height of the timber harvest industry in the area, these are primary growth trees. Unlike the secondary growth, which sprouted in the formerly logged areas, these trees do not already have a developed root system to facilitate fast growth.