The Men Who Felled California’s Giant Redwoods

Loggers working in the densely forested northern California area, 1915
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Photo: A.W. Ericson

Men standing on top of a giant redwood.
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Photo: A.W. Ericson

After many decades of unobstructed logging, serious efforts toward conservation of these giant trees began. In 1918, the Save-the-Redwoods League was founded to preserve remaining old-growth redwoods, resulting in the establishment of Prairie Creek, Del Norte Coast, and Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Parks among others. By the time Redwood National Park was created in 1968, nearly 90% of the original redwood trees had been logged.
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Photo: A.W. Ericson

A team of oxes help out in the first phase of the logging process.
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Photo: A.W. Ericson

Today, the Redwood National and State Parks combined contain only 133,000 acres of redwood forest. In addition to the redwoods, the parks also preserve other indigenous flora, fauna, cultural resources, grassland prairie, some portions of rivers and streams, and 37 miles of pristine coastline.

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