Youtube link: Elfin Forest Video Link
We chose to visit the Elfin Forest, around an hour away from us, to explore the forest there. When we got there we took several different paths to be able to take photos of a lot of different types of scenery including large old trees, shrubbery, and a small babbling creek. When I visited the forest, I could see a lot of new trees and plants growing. I could tell this because if the new green leaves showing the new growth, and most of the new growth was next to the river. After looking at the global forest watch website, I saw that the Elfin forest had their loss of trees peak in 2008, and has now experienced new tree growth for the past couple of years. When researching about the forest, I found that since there had been such a large drought in California for such a long time, there are a lot of high fire warnings.there are also warnings of a bark beetle who can quickly de story forests, although I didn’t see either of those warnings evident when I went. I also saw that the elfin forest reserve was 784 acres and contains one of the biggest areas of coastal shrub in Southern California.
After visiting and conducting research I have learned so much about the Eflin forest. Both the visit and the Global Forest Watch map showed me there was new growth happening in the forest and had been happening for years previously. Like any forest in Southern California, it has the possibility of suffering from the drought and from bark beetles, but the Elfin forest has shown constant tree growth for many years.