You Bring New Wonder to Calaveras Visitors
June 12, 2012
As the story goes, in 1852 a hunter wounded a grizzly and chased it into a forest, only to find trees that were three times bigger than any he'd ever seen before. When he returned to civilization, the hunter spread the word about the red-barked giants. Today, at 4,800 feet in the central Sierra, Calaveras Big Trees State Park (pictured) still surprises visitors with its spectacular giant sequoias.
Soon your support will make the park even more interesting. Your gifts are helping to create a museum exhibit hall, improve access to the North Grove hiking trail, where visitors enjoy the giant trees, and more.
Save the Redwoods League granted $83,000 to the Calaveras Big Trees Association (CBTA) for these improvements, expanded training facilities for volunteers, interpreters and staffers, and much-needed equipment for the bookstore.
The new center will welcome visitors with an inviting entrance where they will be inspired to learn about the park and redwoods and be encouraged to purchase books and memorabilia that will support CBTA and the park. The new visitor center is tentatively scheduled to be complete by spring 2013, depending on snow conditions that may close roads.
The Calaveras Big Trees Association is grateful for the League's support and commitment to improving the visitor experience while improving work conditions for staff and docents.
"We've worked with the League since the beginning of the conservation movement in 1926, when a group of passionate individuals fought to protect redwood forests in California," said Marilyn Regan, President of the Calaveras Big Trees Association. "Much of what we’ve accomplished over the last 80 years was due in large part to League members' generosity."
You Can Open the Gate to a Hidden Sequoia World
Southeast of Three Rivers in the Sierra Nevada is a kingdom of giant sequoias reachable on foot, mountain bike and horseback. Ancient giants here measure as much as 16 feet across, likely wider than your dining room. Save the Redwoods League is working with Sequoia Riverlands Trust and the Bureau of Land Management to buy Craig Ranch and provide easy access to the majestic ancient trees. Learn more about this purchase and how your gift can be matched.