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Myrtle Creek Botanical Area
Six Rivers National Forest

Source: Discovering Botanical Areas, USDA Forest Service Six Rivers National Forest,
1330 Bayshore Way, Eureka, CA 95501


Gary Bloomfield
Representing a "slice of life" between redwood and mixed evergreen forests, Myrtle Creek rests on a boundary between two major soil types which differ in their effects on the vegetation. Species which can be found in both the coastal and interior environments occur here, for example, tanoak representing interior communities, and redwood representing coastal communities. A 1/2 mile self-guided interpretive trail runs along an old mining ditch which takes you out of the shady redwood forest into a very open and sparse knobcone pine forest. The sound of rippling water meets your ear as you meander along the path. Port-Orford cedar and red alder woodlands shade the waters of Myrtle Creek below. Seep areas, easily viewed from the trail, support the striking California pitcher plant and the delicate five-finger fern.

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