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“The redwoods, once seen, leave a mark or create a vision that stays with you always,” wrote John Steinbeck. Today, 96 percent of the original old-growth coast redwoods have been logged. But the magic of the big trees lives on in Northern California’s parks and preserves. We discuss the history of the redwoods, current preservation efforts and the best places to experience them. We’ll also examine the latest research on redwoods, including new studies on the potential impacts of climate change.

Guests:
Emily Burns, director of science for the Save the Redwoods League
Mia Monroe, site supervisor of Muir Woods National Monument
Jerry Rohde, redwood historian and author of "Humboldt Redwoods State Park: The Complete Guide" and "Redwood National and State Parks: Tales, Trails and Auto Tours"
Fred Keeley, vice president of the board of directors of the Sempervirens Fund, which protects and preserves redwood forests in the Santa Cruz Mountains, treasurer of Santa Cruz County and former State Assembly member

  • Delian

    Redwood Regional Park in Oakland is a great place to commune with the redwoods. They’re 100-150 years old, but the park is great and the silence in the redwood grove is amazing. It’s hard to believe you’re in Oakland.

  • Ann Blanchard

    The Coast Redwoods are amazing trees!. My family continues to camp in these amazing environments every year! Go Big Basin!

  • nancy

    As marvelous as these trees are, does anyone not find them a tad eerie?

  • Chemist150

    It’s entertaining to listen to people that grew up in urban areas talk about nature.

  • mountain_webbie

    I am a native San Josean who ventured to North Carolina to see if I could relocate some years ago. After 2 years, I found that I desperately missed 2 things, the Pacific Ocean and the redwoods. I now live amongst the giants. When you touch a redwood, you definitely get a visceral/spiritual effect of some mysterious kind. Living at their feet is both a humbling and a protected feeling at the same time. They are amazing trees.

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