Our Director of Restoration Documented the Latest Progress on Redwoods Rising
I’d always thought about Redwoods Rising the way I think about mountain lions: Sure, everyone says they’re real, and I’ve seen lots of signs of them over the years, but until I actually got a look at one, I wasn’t totally convinced they actually existed. Same goes for Redwoods Rising. We have spent years in planning and preparation for this massive collaborative restoration program, but not having seen it in person I wasn’t quite sure it was actually happening … until now. I recently had the great pleasure of visiting the operations in Redwood National and State Parks, and what I saw was incredible.
Redwoods Rising is a partnership between Save the Redwoods League, California State Parks, and the National Park Service to restore more than 70,000 acres of previously logged redwood forests and their watersheds to become the ancient forest ecosystems of the future. And this work is not happening in a remote location—it’s happening close to some of our favorite redwoods experiences within the park.
Even within a very simple forestry framework, the quality of the work in the woods so far in Redwoods Rising would be considered impressive. And with the rigorous standards and complex techniques we’ve established for this project, we are reaching a very high bar for unprecedented restoration work. Here are some photos that show some of the work in action and the progress so far.
Redwoods Rising Progress At a Glance
A project of this scale and complexity would simply be impossible without the care and love that we have all given to it. Thanks to our parks partners, agencies, contractors, League staff, and supporters who are helping to restore coast redwoods across their range.
About the author
Richard joined the League’s staff in 2012 as the Conservation Science Manager and now serves as Director of Restoration. He brings nearly a decade of experience in forest management and restoration.