I had a few ventures onto forestry lands this past week. It can be easy to see the appeal of forestry related work even on chilly damp days. One venture into forest lands was for a couple of projects that did include geology hazards but did involve a long day of hiking and finding bedrock outcrops. The other venture included a group field trip of geologists and land management types to a couple of deep-seated, very large, bedrock landslides and an opportunity to discuss large deep-seated bedrock landslides. Deep-seated bedrock landslides present a complex set of policy issues for geologists, foresters, planners, land managers and public agencies. Thanks to Casey at the DNR for the organizing and logistics.
View across the Skagit Valley
View of Slide Mountain from Sumas Mountain in Whatcom County
View up the the Middle Fork Nooksack valley from Sumas Mountain
and an approaching mix of rain and snow
Looking down on the lower end of the Kendall Landslide
Discussing deep-seated bedrock landslides