Miscellaneous Field Notes on the
PLANTS & ANIMALS
SIERRA NEVADA FOOTHILLS
Notes by Naturalist Jim Conrad, gathered during the summer of 2005
Here we define the Sierra Nevada Foothills as more or less coinciding with the Ponderosa Pine-dominated forests on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Elevations of this zone vary, depending on the latitude:
Note that Jim studied just east of Placerville, mostly between 2600-4500 feet in elevation, so species appearing only above and below those elevations were not encountered. For example, just below Jim's elevation Blue Oak was abundant, but Jim never saw a single Blue Oak tree during his hikes.