The forest and the river are the heart of why Ridge dwellers live where they do. The Forest Tapestry gives a taste of the various differences in habitat from the lower elevations at 2000 feet to the higher areas at 4000 feet. The lower elevation mixed meadow and forest are on the right side of the tapestry and the higher elevations are illustrated toward the left side with larger denser trees. Many different species of plants and animals live at these different elevations.
Over the last 40 years there has been a continuing effort to work toward a healthy forest on the Ridge. In David Tecklin’s essay about the forest, the contributions of many people and groups are documented, from Erin Noel and the Beckwitt family challenging forest logging practices in the 70’s and 80’s to the current Yuba Watershed Institute’s (YWI) partnership with the Bureau of Land Management to co-manage BLM parcels as the Inimim Forest.