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Redwood National Park: Preserving Ancient Forests

Redwood National and State Parks are home to the tallest living things on earth - coast redwoods. Redwood National Park preserved nearly half the Earth's remaining old growth redwoods (in the general age range of 700 to 2,000 years old.) In addition to redwood forest, the park also comprises miles of pristine coastline, prairies, creeks and valleys. Although ninety percent of California's old growth redwoods had been harvested, the establishment of Redwood National Park in 1968, and the expansion in 1978 were controversial events in our local history. The program features interviews with some local citizens who campaigned to save the redwoods such as Lucille Vinyard and Dave Van De Mark who discuss their efforts to convince legislators that the ancient redwoods needed to be saved and that the land surrounding old growth groves needed to be protected. We also speak with Martin Litton, who as editor of Sunset Magazine in the 60's and 70's participated in the preservation effort. In addition to park historians, PBS North Coast talks with Yurok tribal members about their relationship to the land which is as old as the trees themselves. With a 400-year plan, Redwood National Park currently has massive watershed rehabilitation efforts underway to remove logging roads and creek passages to protect the old growth groves that exist today and those of the future.

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