Cedar Wetlands Preserve
At this time the only public access to the Cedar Wetlands Preserve is from Hwy 101 and due to the winter storms there are new trees down, the trail is hard to access so enter at your own risk and please stay on the path provided. The Nature Preserve Committee has taken on its next task to finish the parking lot and trail. If you would be interested in helping, email the Chair of the Committee: William Browne at firstname.lastname@example.org. The trail has had recent maintaince from a Eagle Scout Troup #____
Chronicles Of Measuring Champion Trees~Rockaway Cedar taken from the Ascending The Giants article at the request of the Old Growth Nature Preserve Committee wanting to know the age and the exact measurements of the tree.
There is the urban forest, and then there is the urban forest. Both terms say urban As arborists, we usually use this term to refer to the cumulative effect of the trees in a city. Almost never do we speak of an intact native forest within the urban area, because it is so rare. Although rare, the people of Rockaway Beach, Oregon know it is not extinct. In the middle of the residential section of town is an ancient cedar bog which contains some extremely large and old Western Red Cedars (Thuja plicata) and Sitka Spruce (Picea sitchesis). This is not the urban forest, this is the forest primeval somehow preserved within the city. Furthermore this type of forest, with large cedars and spruce on flat ground, would have been extremely lucrative to loggers. Today it is very rare to see an old-growth cedar bog anywhere on the Oregon coast.
The land was deeded to the Oregon Nature Preserve with restrictive language that states it is to be used for scientific and educational purposes for Mrs. Hietmiller in _______ Later, the Conservancy passed the Wetlands Preserve to the Citizens of Rockaway Beach whom are very aware that the natural aesthetics of the preserve have been kept because of the deed Mrs. Hietmiller so carefully spelled out. Most everyone who visits notices the extremely large and gnarly Western Red Cedar in the middle of the preserve. Due to the lack of signs, or an 'official' trail, the tree and the area are something of a local secret. In 2001, keepers of the preserve formed the City's subcommittee "Cedar Wetlands Nature Preserve" and took it upon themselves to do something for the area. Seeing the impact of people walking up to the tree, compacting the soil and climbing on the root flare, the committee raised funds and built an elevated walkway around the trunk of the tree so that people could admire the tree up close without damaging it. The same committee is working on a parking lot and noninvasive trail today.
In the end of their visit the Acending Giant tallied up the height (154'), circumference (49') and crown spread to come up with a points total of 756. This is a hundred and thirty points more than the previous state champion. More importantly, the state of Oregon can finally claim to be the home of one of the truly elite sized Western Red Cedars, a competitor to the gargantuan coastal cedars of our northern neighbors.