Purchase Protects Giant Sequoias, Clean Water
January 10, 2012
In the rugged Sierra Nevada mountains, up a winding, remote dirt road, you'll pass towering red columns — amazing giant sequoias, some 6 paces wide. Eventually, you'll reach property where younger sequoias grow. Save the Redwoods League in December 2011 purchased this land to protect clean water and the magical giant forest.
Our purchase, thanks to our members' donations, protects the property's unnamed creek from degradation that could result from more development on this land. Safeguarding this creek, in turn, protects the Middle Fork of the Tule River downstream. This river is a priority to protect because it's an important water source and home for wildlife.
In addition, this purchase helps protect the surrounding Giant Sequoia National Monument, (pictured, home of some of the Earth's largest trees) because the health of our forests is connected. In the same way that pollution upstream will flow down and affect the water of a town hundreds of miles away, what happens in one forest can have a direct effect on the health and survival of another.
Some giant sequoias that are alive today have been standing since the time of the Roman Empire, more than 2,000 years ago. In fact, there was a time when redwoods covered the entire Northern Hemisphere. Today, you can only find giant sequoias growing naturally in the Sierra Nevada. We don't yet fully understand why most have disappeared and how some have stood the test of time. Unlocking those mysteries through our Research Grants Program can help us answer big questions that will protect the health of people, wildlife, redwood forests and the entire planet.
We plan to help return the property we purchased to its natural state by removing a cabin, then we will transfer it to the US Forest Service, which manages the Giant Sequoia National Monument. After it's part of the monument, you may visit these secluded 60 acres (the size of 45 football fields) by dirt roads or by hiking trails over US Forest Service land. The property is southwest of the town of Camp Nelson.
"The US Forest Service is proud to be a longtime partner with Save the Redwoods League, which has facilitated the purchase of this property," said Kevin B. Elliott, Forest Supervisor for Sequoia National Forest and the Giant Sequoia National Monument.
"The property is part of the Black Mountain giant sequoia grove, one of the largest groves (2,614 acres) with monolithic trees 2,000-3,000 years old," he said. "Land acquisitions are a high priority in the Sequoia National Forest for the long-term protection and ecological restoration of the grove."
It took $300,000 to protect this land. Help us secure more magical land by donating today.
You Doubled Your Impact!
Resounding responses from generous members like you raised the $100,000 needed to gain a matching gift for CEMEX Redwoods by December 31, 2012. Long-time League members Pete and Patty Mattson issued the challenge to match contributions made to CEMEX Redwoods by the deadline. Thank you!
You can help keep up the progress by donating today. Learn more about CEMEX Redwoods and donate.