North Fork of Lewis Creek (Monterey Co.)
(cf. p. 5 at bottom.)
[May 11, 1907]
trees for the most part large and especially the trunks, the tops in many cases badly off for dry rot. The trees on the valley level may have been cut for firewood. I measured a tree by a barn on the north side Priest Valley, creek bank, which was 15 ft. in. at 4 ft. and 80 ft. high. Another tree, a mile north, standing in the flat at mouth of the narrow valley of N. [North] Fork of Lewis Creek where it opens onto Priest Valley, is 25 ft. 4 in. at 5 ft. and 33 ft. 4 in. at ground, 85 ft. h.
-Road incident. See p. 56b seq.
-Fraxinus dipetala H&A, never saw so much Mountain Ash as in these mountains. It is everywhere on north slopes in the chaparral and
[North Fork of Lewis Creek (Monterey Co.)
(cf. p. 5 at bottom.)]
May 11, 1907
larger than I ever saw it elsewhere.
-Buckeye, just in bud, little of it. Hopping says the chestnuts are a powerful astringent, so powerful as to kill, cattle that eat them in the "starvation years." Not poisonous, but simply binds the bowels up tight.
-Live Oaks: Quercus agrifolia, leaves fall all at once in March, branches crooked. Q. wislizenii, leaves fall all through the year, branches straight., acorns not always streaked, often small as a lead-pencil.-Ralph Hopping of Kaweah.
-Adenostoma fasciculatum, on the "burn" at headwaters N. fork Lewis, coming up freely. Hopping says it cannot be fire-killed. Has seen an area burned, stump sprout, and 2 yrs. afterward burned again without injury.