Old-growth Sitka spruce
The Octopus Trees Grove is one of the few remaining old-growth Sitka spruce stands in California. Old-growth redwood is much more common.
According to Professor Jerry Franklin and other forestry experts, an old-growth forest isn't just old. It has other several special characteristics:
Look for these characteristics in the Octopus Trees Grove and compare the grove to what you see elsewhere in Patrick's Point State Park. Do you think the whole park is old growth?
Photo by Jim Popenoe