If you have ever visited the majestic redwoods, you will understand why these beautiful giants are so intriguing. For thousands of years these gentle forests and the creatures within them lived in harmony.
There used to be 2 million acres of redwoods between Northern California and Oregon, but in the late 1800s, loggers started cutting down the trees. As the demand for redwood products grew and technology advanced, loggers became even more eager to tear these trees down.
Save the Redwoods League bought private land containing redwoods in 1918 and although logging continued on other lands, people began to take notice. In 1968, the Redwood National Park was formed to protect some of the tallest trees to date.
Today, logging continues to be a threat to the redwoods. However, park rangers are doing their best to prevent it. Why? Studies have shown that coast redwoods capture more carbon dioxide from our vehicles and power plants than any other tree on Earth. By protecting these redwood forests, we can make a major contribution toward stabilizing global climate change. Due to the forest’s unique climate, the redwoods are one of the very few places that can provide a refuge to plants such as Sitka spruce and animals like the Black Bear, Mountain Lion and the Roosevelt Elk. Watch this inspiring video to learn more about the history of logging and the importance of the magnificent redwoods.
Visiting the redwoods is one of the most amazing experiences you’ll ever have. Now you can escape to the magical redwoods anytime. Check out this awesome live webcam of the forest. Can you spot any wildlife?
- The redwood forests have been the backdrop for many famous films such as, Jurassic Park, Star Wars, Karate Kid III and most recently the Twilight Saga.
- Redwoods rank among the largest living organisms on earth and can live for thousands of years.
- Redwoods are the tallest trees in the world. Did you know that redwoods can reach up to 300 feet or more? That’s equivalent to the height of the Statue of Liberty.
- Share the importance and beauty of the forest, send free Redwoods e-cards.
- Plant a redwood tree. Watch this video to find out how. If you don’t live on the west coast of the USA, try planting a tree that’s native to your area.
- Did you know that you can apply for a grant to see these amazing redwoods in person? Visit savetheredwoods.org to find out how to apply for a chance to receive a redwood education.
- Volunteer at your nearest state or national park and spread the word about saving our forests and the great redwood trees.
Have you visited the redwoods? Share your favorite photos and stories in the comments.
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- Hilltromper: Ten Amazing Facts About the Redwoods
- YouTube: Redwood National Park Ranger Talk
- YouTube: How to Plant a Tree
- National Geographic
- Original article published in ISFoundation.com.
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