“To some it might appear that, having accomplished what will be considered one of the greatest pieces of conservation work in America, the Redwoods League might not have a place of as great importance in the future as that occupied during the past decade. But it is a common thing to look upon acquisition as the highest type of activity. As a matter of fact, this is only preparation for the great work of use for what has been acquired. The highest ideals and the clearest vision will be needed in making that use of the forests which should be expected. I see the task of the Redwoods League in the coming years as more important than in the past.”
1934, The Tasks Ahead of the Save the Redwoods League: A message to members from the League’s President, Dr. John C. Merriam of Washington, D.C.
Words as fresh and applicable today as when penned by Dr. Merriam in 1934. As the League continues to acquire key pieces of the iconic redwood forest, we know that each acquisition is merely the start of preserving that newly-protected part of the forest and managing its appropriate long-term use.
There are many considerations to explore for every parcel of forest land we protect. Is a trail needed to bring people to it? Will it be a campground? How do we protect the remaining gnarly giants from the feet of human admirers who want to come close and squeeze the soft bark, and still satisfy our desire to experience these magnificent forests?
What stories can this part of the forest tell us? What was the climate like 1,200 years ago at this location? What critters have lived here? On the ground? In the canopy? In a “goose pen”? There is so much to study!
Will this parcel be merged into the adjacent park? Will it be managed by League staff for decades? By a local land conservation organization?
As you can see, with each acquisition the League must raise much more than the price of acquisition. These additional sums are essential to fulfill the perpetual obligation to protect the newly acquired forest land. The additional funds are needed to make it accessible to the public or to restore it or to study it—or all of these.
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