Terrane Blog

Terrane explores the facts of our natural communities firsthand: what they look like, sound like, smell like, and feel like; in other words, ground-truthing what it means to be here, now. The idea for Terrane grows out of conversations on the trail and draws inspiration from our surroundings.

Mountain House Creek: Three Returns

There are those places deep in the interior of our watershed that we look at on the map for so long that they become part of us. They gather mystery that way. We imagine our…

Óm ChumÍ Peak: Of Names and Special Interest

Things looked grim as the Friends of Plumas Wilderness Board of Directors planned our excursion to the proposed Dixie Mountain Special Interest Area. Sierra Valley was too dry to float and a source told us…

Fall River Watershed: “All is not Lost”

Infinite variations of black, browns, tans and grays arrest our vision as we drive through miles and miles of burned terrain. The standing remains of the once-green forest in the Fall River watershed are still…

Adams Peak: “Atop the Eastern Edge”

If the Middle Fork is the Wild Heart of the Lost Sierra, then its headwater region on the east side of our forest shapes its rugged spirit. The Eastside is made magic by the crumbling…

Mosquito Creek: “The Wild Exception”

If you look closely at the boundary of the proposed Red Hill Special Interest Area, you’ll see an irregular arm extending northwestward to encompass the Mosquito Creek drainage from its junction with the North Fork…

Red Hill: “The Hilltop Island”

We explored the proposed Red Hill botanical Special Interest Area on a cool, clear day in late-December. We made an 8-mile loop around the hilltop island under wide, blue skies over crunchy snow, starting from…

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Terrane / Terrain Terrane explores the facts of our natural communities firsthand: what they look like, sound like, smell like, and feel like; in other words, ground-truthing what it means to be here, now. The…