Eastern Mojave Vegetation Bald Hills Road, Humboldt County, California  

Tom Schweich  

Home Page  From near Orick to Martins Ferry on the Klamath River.

Other articles:
• U. S. Highway 101:   at Bald Hills;  

Junction: US Highway 101

Other articles:
• Field Notes:   at Redwood National Park;

Locations: Redwood National Park.
Full Size ImageWaiting for the shuttle to pick us up in RedWood National Park  

Junction: Unnamed Road, to Redwood Creek Trailhead.



Other articles:
• Field Notes:   17 Oct 2017;

Locations: Lady Bird Johnson Grove.
Full Size ImageLooking up through the trees  

Lady Bird Johnson Grove

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Interpretive panel for “Saving the Redwoods”
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Backlit view of redwood forest.

Saving the Redwoods

As spectacular as these redwood forests are, their protection was slow to gain broader support.

One of the earliest organized efforts to save the redwoods was led by the Sempervirens Club. In 1902, they convinced the California legislature to appropriate funds for the purchase of the first state redwood park. Congressman William Kent also joined the effort. He personally bought and donated 295 acres of redwoods outside San Francisco to the federal government. His gift led to the creation of the Muir Woods National Monument in 1908.

Save the Redwoods League was founded in 1918 to purchase redwoods and convert the land to public trust. Numerous groves were protected and redwood state parks created through the League's efforts, including Del Norte Coast Redwoods, Jedediah Smith Redwoods, and Prairie Creek Redwoods State Parks.

A renewed effort to establish a national redwood park began in the early 1960s. These efforts were augmented in 1963 when a National Geographic survey team discovered several trees along Redwood Creek that were taller than any previously known. This discovery helped lead to the establishment of Redwood National Park in October of 1968.

  Redwood Creek Overlook
  Tall Trees Access Road
  Lyons Ranch Parking Lot
  Martins Ferry Bridge
  Junction: California Highway 169, east to Weitchpec and California Highway 96.
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Date and time this article was prepared: 2/27/2024 10:19:43 AM