the enduring power of giant sequoias
Ever thought about what it would be like to go backpacking in the giant sequoias? A small contingent of League staffers took a weekend backpacking trip in Alder Creek, and left with some amazing photos and new perspectives. Together, the four colleagues had a grand time stargazing, viewing the Stagg Tree (fifth largest tree in the world, as most of you already know!), and hiking uphill through the giant sequoia grove just above camp. Here’s what it was like.
For millennia, one of the defining characteristics of giant sequoias has been their innate resilience to wildfire. But in the last several years, severe fires in the Sierra Nevada have revealed an unprecedented vulnerability in the groves. League staffers’ publication in a scientific journal is the first to document this new phenomenon.