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There is on record a single acre, near Garberville, which yielded in the mill 1,431,530 feet in lumber. There was sufficient lum ber on this acre to have covered it with a solid block of frame dwellings ten stories high. A redwood tree of average size, say five feet in diameter at the butt, furnishes enough lumber to build an ordinary cottage, and many trees have been cut each of which would suffice for half a dozen such houses. One tree is on rec ord as having scaled 66,500 feet. A tree was felled in a lumber camp near Eureka in 1898 which was 16 feet in diameter inside the bark, and which scaled over 100,000 feet, and there is stand ing in the same neighborhood, a tree 22 feet in diameter which scales nearly twice as much. Such examples of wonderful yield might be multiplied to any extent, but this would merely involve repetition.

The redwood strip is composed of the westernmost of the Coast ranges, with the valleys between them. It is narrow at the north, in Del Norte county, where it is not over five to six miles in breadth. It widens in Humboldt county to an average of 10 to 12 miles; then south of Eel river, in the southern part of the county, its continuity is broken for a few miles. At the north edge of Mendocino county it commences again, and in the cen tral part of that county attains it greatest breadth, of perhaps 20 miles. Farther south, especially in Sonoma county, the red woods scatter, being found in detached clumps and groves, which become more and more scattering southward. The trees, how ever, remain as large as elsewhere.

The closest and finest growth is in Humboldt county, near the northern end. That portion in Mendocino and Sonoma counties is not as heavy or continuous, nor are the trees as valuable for lumber, as they branch lower down. The wood is, however, of slower growth, is denser and harder, and perhaps more durable. The best lumber and the heaviest growth is everywhere in the valleys and on the flats. On the hillsides the trees are smaller and not so close. Nowhere is there any young growth. The youngest trees, which are found only in the northern portion of the belt, are several hundred years of age.

When the timber has been cut there is no sign of reproduction from seed. In many localities sprouts are growing from stumps in the cut areas, but even this form of reproduction is limited. Indeed, everything appears to indicate that for some reason, probably a progressive drying of the climate, the present environ ment is not favorable to the growth of redwood, and that with the clearing away of the present forests the end of the species as a source of lumber will be at hand.

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