Mineral Ridge Scenic Area and Recreation Trail


Note: Quiz answers can be found in our downloadable trail guide.

Station 17: Pit Excavations

Valuable minerals were not removed from these diggings. Therefore, they are technically not called a mine but are referred to as a prospect.

1.) On federal lands, mining claims can be staked for all minerals. These pit excavations were dug by prosepectors looking primarily for lead and zinc. True or False?

2.) On federal lands, mining claims can be staked for all minerals. True or False?

3.) Valuable minerals were not removed from these diggings. Therefore, they are technically not called a mine but are referred to as a prospect. True or False?

Station 18: Fire Scar

The old ponderosa pine was scarred and burned aboutu 55 to 75 years ago.

1.) List three beneficial effects and one adverse impact of wildfire.

2.) Since fires can be extremely devastating, all fires located on federal lands are supressed. True or False?

3.) Although fire is a natural part of the forest's ecosystem, visitors to the forest still need to be careful with campfires and matches. True or False?

Station 19: Habitat Contrast

You can see a sharp, distinct change in habitats along the narrow ridgetop. Compare the differences in kind and amount of vegetation on the north and south slopes. The two pictures below portray two different habitats. Can you explain why?

Healthy forest          High mountain sagebrush-steppe

1.) Certain basic requirements must be met for plant growth common to all plants. What are they?

2.) What plant growth requirement is the most different between the ponderosa pine and the Douglas-fir habitats? Choose your answers from the following list:

a. A medium such as soil to grow in
b. Mineral nutrients
c. Oxygen
d. Water
e. Carbon dioxide
f. Light
g. A tolerable temperature range

3.) Comparing the north and south facing slopes, what environmental factors are different? Choose your answers from the following list:

a. Elevation
b. Aspect (exposure)
c. Slope
d. Soil depth and structure
e. Temperature
f. All of the above