Sunday, June 23, 2013

Summit House Trail

I walked my bike down the Summit House Trail, from grizzly peak to Sign Post 29 on Claremont Avenue. Along the way I took pictures, focusing on the stumps and trunks. I wanted to highlight the signs of the eradication of the eucalypti and the organic engineering. using the onsite material to construct the trails, control erosion, and shore up banks of the stream.

Top trailhead at Grizzly peak and Claremont Avenue

Here are two small, nearly completely decomposed eucalyptus stumps from when the project began about 10 years ago.
See the decayed eucalyptus stumps 

A little further down the trail we see signs of eradication, but no signs yet of clear cutting.
Larger stumps decompose more slowly

This is the first time I have seen California Strawberry growing next to eucalyptus.
Wild California Strawberries next to eucalyptus log
Pesticide doused stump becomes an organic native planter

The eucalyptus stumps serve as pilings, while the logs act as a retaining wall
The multi-heads of the cut re-sprouts makes a solid piling

The entire album is worth viewing. These pictures clearly demonstrate that eradication is not only feasible, it is preferable to any of the other proposed alternatives.