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Dugout Wells in 1988

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Dugout Wells in 1988
« on: July 15, 2013, 10:53:27 PM »
The cottonwood tree is still in its prime.
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Re: Dugout Wells in 1988
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2013, 06:06:27 AM »
Nice!  It is a shame that old tree doesn't look that good anymore.

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Re: Dugout Wells in 1988
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2014, 09:43:29 PM »
Update July 2014: nothing left of that fine old cottonwood.
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Re: Dugout Wells in 1988
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2014, 09:12:14 AM »
Pretty clear evidence of the effects of the drought. You can really see it when you look at old pictures of Fresno and Sauceda Ranch from back before the state acquired BBRSP in the late eighties. It is hard to even recognize places like the Crawford-Smith Ranch from the photos taken in the early twentieth century, even when you are standing there with the pictures in your hand.
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Re: Dugout Wells in 1988
« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2014, 10:12:21 AM »
Update July 2014: nothing left of that fine old cottonwood.
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The tree isn't completely gone, it had one big section back to life and green as of last week. 
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Re: Dugout Wells in 1988
« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2014, 06:03:23 PM »
Update July 2014: nothing left of that fine old cottonwood.
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The tree isn't completely gone, it had one big section back to life and green as of last week.
Yep, agreed. I drove past Dugout last week and was surprised to see tree greenery, expecting there to be none, after reading reports of the tree going down or dying.

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Update May 2015
« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2015, 10:04:00 PM »
It appears that fine old tree really is gone now.
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Re: Dugout Wells in 1988
« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2015, 06:44:58 AM »
It's partly the Parks fault,  the windmill remained broken with a severed pump rod for a long time during the drought so no water was brought up to the surface for the plants and animals.  I am not sure but I think it was unoperational for a year or more.   I don't know why it took so long to fix but it sure didn't do the tree's any good.   TWWG

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Re: Dugout Wells in 1988
« Reply #8 on: August 26, 2018, 12:19:46 PM »
That fine old cottonwood is no more.
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Re: Dugout Wells in 1988
« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2018, 12:54:19 PM »
Imre, was the windmill pumping water? Hopefully they will plant a half-dozen successor trees to the cottonwood.

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Re: Dugout Wells in 1988
« Reply #10 on: August 26, 2018, 01:27:10 PM »
Flash: I have to confess that on this last trip I didn't bother to check on the windmill at dugout wells.  I'm can't remember the last time I saw it working.
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Re: Dugout Wells in 1988
« Reply #11 on: August 26, 2018, 01:51:54 PM »
Hence the dead Cottonwood tree I suppose. The NPS needs to "preserve and protect" historic Dugout Wells and fix the windmill.

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Re: Dugout Wells in 1988
« Reply #12 on: May 20, 2019, 07:08:46 PM »
Update May 2019: the other cottonwoods aren't doing too well either. (Neither is the palm.) The park service has cleared some of the vegetation around the windmill, but I saw no evidence that the well was pumping water.
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Re: Dugout Wells in 1988
« Reply #13 on: June 24, 2019, 10:42:51 PM »
The cottonwood tree is still in its prime.
While I was there June 12-16th 2019 I found this Vinegaroon on that cottonwood. A second 9ne was cruised on the way out along with a long-nosed snake. We also heard an Elf Owl ome evening before a Western ScreechOwl showed up.

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Re: Dugout Wells in 1988
« Reply #14 on: June 25, 2019, 12:18:13 AM »
The cottonwood tree is still in its prime.

While I was there June 12-16th 2019....... heard an Elf Owl ome evening before a Western ScreechOwl showed up.


Yep. Thatís always been a reliable location for Elf Owls. They can make it darned hard to sleep some nights.



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