About Our Logo
Our logo depicts the California Bay Laurel and its fruit – known to the indigenous Yuki people as pol’-cum — and the Pacific Giant Salamander that lives near our watercourses.
California Bay Laurel (Umbellularia californica) is an evergreen tree that can reach 80 feet tall. The flowers are pale yellow and form bay nuts that are ready for harvest in late fall. Pol’-cum, or bay nuts, can be roasted and ground to make a stimulating chocolate-like powder that is excellent for confections. When crushed, the foliage, twigs, and other parts are pungently aromatic, and are used to repel ticks and fleas. The attractive light brown wood, also known as Myrtle, is prized by woodworkers.
The Pacific Giant Salamander (Dicamptodon tenebrosus) is the largest terrestrial salamander found in North America. It prefers unlogged or well-established second growth douglas fir and broadleaf maple forests on slopes. They can reach lengths up to 14 inches from snout to tail, and can emit a low-pitched sound when they are threatened. They eat large insects, mice, salamanders, and garter snakes.
The Polcum Springs logo is an original art work of Bridget Mary Henry (www.bridgetmaryhenry.com).