Monday, March 21, 2016

Friday, March 11, 2016

Meet Fiona Maclean

Fiona is an illustrator, animator and naturalist and is a frequent visitor to the King Range National Conservation Area.

She is currently working on a project she calls the Big Year Drawn. In her own words:

In 2016 I am participating in a Big Year. A birding event that runs the calendar year in which every bino-strapped, feather-loving, bird-nerd who cares to tallies up the number of species they see and hear. I'm adding an element.  I'm illustrating each species I see.
So far the project has gotten me outside, inspired a few others to take up drawing again for themselves, and engendered conversations and comments around our experiences outside.
I'd love for any and all who are interested to join the conversation, follow along, and share you own experiences or drawings.
Most of that happens at but you can also check out my Big Year blog. ('m a far less prolific writer, but I do have fun writing and I hope you have fun reading.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

New Additions to the King Range Map

The King Range National Conservation Area map has a few changes you should know about:

1. The Cooskie Creek Trail is now called Cooskie Creek Route.

You'll also notice on the map that it says, "Cooskie Creek Route is unmarked and unmaintained. Route finding skills necessary." This is because this "route" is very difficult to follow.
Primarily, this is because it goes through grassland. Build a trail that goes through grass and you'll notice that it will be overgrown very quickly, unless you have a very large amount of human traffic on that trail - which this trail does not. In addition, there are wildlife and cattle trails that crisscross and parallel the human trail - making a spaghetti of paths to choose from that all look the same.

There are several dozen trail markers out there but unfortunately most of them are usually on the ground (even a month after I reinstall them). In the near future the majority of the trail markers are going to be removed to help improve undeveloped wilderness character while providing the minimum tool necessary. I believe that a wilderness area should be managed as a place of absolute minimal development and that information should be provided off site whenever possible. Are we not bombarded with enough signs and directions in our daily lives?

On the map you will find several GPS coordinates if you choose to use them. Primarily these are coordinates for land marks and/or near private property.

If you choose to hike the Cooskie Creek Route give yourself much more time than you think will be necessary. As the map says: route finding skills necessary. You may end up hiking a cow trail for a while until it either fades out or branches into multiple more trails before you realize you're going the wrong way.

2. There is an area between Sea Lion Gulch and Cooskie Spur Route that is impassable at all tide levels and requires you to use an overland route; this is now indicated on the map.

3. The addition of the Sea Lion Gulch State Marine Preserve boundary

The take of all living marine resources is prohibited at this location.

4. The addition of the Big Flat State Marine Conservation Area boundary

5. The wilderness is now indicated on the map with the green boundary, which is inside of the yellow line (the National Conservation Area boundary).