Less than 5 percent remains

“The battle to save the redwoods has already been fought, and look, we’re left with table scraps. The challenge now is understanding how to improve management on the 95 percent of the redwood landscape that’s just starting to grow.”

So says Steve Sillett, a forest scientist at Humboldt State University. 

And look, you do not need to consider yourself an environmentalist to make the cover story of this month’s National Geographic Magazine, Redwoods: The Super Trees, a must-read.

Humboldt Redwoods State Park <photograph by Michael Nichols>

Humboldt Redwoods State Park (photograph by Michael Nichols)

First of all, if you have never been, you simply must experience the Redwoods for yourself to understand and appreciate their grandeur. 

But to appreciate the importance of their existence – at least what is left of the one-time 2 million acres of virgin forest – as well as to understand the nuances of “second-growth forestry” for the future, this article is a great place to start.

Have I mentioned that you need to see the Redwoods for yourself to fully comprehend their significance?  Humboldt Redwoods State Park is a good place to start.  Get there once – you will come back again.

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~ by acm213 on October 7, 2009.

2 Responses to “Less than 5 percent remains”

  1. Presently, the efforts to protect and increase the redwoods have really gathered momentum.

    It seems pretty evident that the forest wood and canopy volume is increasing. Although slowly in some areas like Redwood National Park where the bears complicate things a bit.


  2. What is also amazing, is that most people have not even seen five percent of the remaining five percent. Even some folks who hike in the redwoods often.

    Sure would have been something to see them two hundred years ago.

    MDV / Oregon

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