Remote Old-Growth Forest Gains Protection

May 2, 2017

Mike Young points out one of the large iron spikes used by George Howlett to mark the boundaries of areas on his ranch where logging was never allowed.
Credit Bruce Robinson, KRCB

A forest of massive coast redwoods and the diverse wildlife they shelter are getting new and permanent protection, funded by distant urban residents who will never see the lands. 

Bill Keene inspects a branch of Buckeye Creek on the Howlett Ranch property where coho salmon still spawn, as it runs swift and clear after a late spring rain days earlier.

Bordering the Mendocino County line, the Howlett Ranch contains the free-flowing headwaters to a pair of key tributaries to the Gualala River, and still sees spawning runs of coho, steelhead and rainbow trout. And, Bill Keene notes, it connects other large swaths of protected forests.