Public Description of Camp Arnold, Eatonville, Pierce Co., Washington, USA

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Location: Camp Arnold, Eatonville, Pierce Co., Washington, USA
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Habitat Description:

Set in an area that is rated as a warm temperate, warm-dry summer
climate, Camp Arnold receives an annual rainfall average
of 1 meter (39”), and a snowfall average of 10 cm (4”). Sitting
at 250+ m (800+ feet) in elevation, this area has an August
average high temperature in the upper 70’s, and a low winter
average in the lower 30’s. Comprised of hills and lows, the land
is tree laden.

Motoring down the driveway of Camp Arnold, you
immediately notice the woods. With the camp set onto 250
diverse hectares (650 acres), you can’t help but to see the forest,
and the trees. Additionally, the camp is known to host several
species of fungi

Several different soil types, varying
from gravelly silt loam to sandy loam, comprise this area
(Boling et al., 1998). Each soil variation hosts similar, although
minutely different, tree and understory species, and occur in
different areas depending on the topography.

Interesting Species:

Predominantly featured trees are the Western Hemlock
(Tsuga heterophylla) and Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii), while secondary trees, Red Alder (Alnus rubra), Western
Redcedar (Thuja plicata), Bigleaf Maple (Acer macrophyllum),
Pacific Silver Fir (Abies amabilis), and Grand Fir (Abies
grandis), fight for the available gaps.
Salal (Gaultheria shallon), Vine Maple (Acer circinatum),
Western Brackenfern (Pteridium aquilinum), Red Huckleberry
(Vaccinium parvifolium), and Cascade Oregon-grape (Mahonia
nervosa) make up the majority of the understory.

Several varieties of Russula, Agaricus, and Boletaceae have been found on the grounds of the camp.


This camp is private property.


Herrera, C., and A. MacKinnon. 2014. How to Know the Trees of the Pacific Northwest, Fungi Magazine, Vol. 7:4, 2014

Boling, M., B. Frazier, and A. Busacca. 1998. General Soil
Map of Washington. Department of Crop and Soil
Sciences, Washington State University Maps, Pullman, WA.

Description author: Chris Herrera (Request Authorship Credit)


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