At Roberts Regional Recreation Area (external link) in Oakland, a few old-growth redwood footprints remain among the sea of second-growth redwoods. These sites are great for showing school groups the size of the ancient trees.
Recognizing the importance of these remaining footprints and the story they can tell about the history of the area, Save the Redwoods League partnered with East Bay Regional Park District (external link) to protect an 18-foot-wide footprint and educate the public.
We created the Old-Growth Redwood Heritage Viewing Deck and Interpretive Exhibit, a viewing platform with benches that allows visitors to view the footprint from a safe and elevated location (View location on map). Fencing protects the footprint from trampling. Additionally, a two-sided interpretive panel explains the history of the area through the rings of a redwood tree, reminding us that the first people to live on this land, with the redwoods, were the Ohlone and Bay Miwok people.
The hope is that this new interpretive exhibit will not only protect this remaining footprint, but also remind the public that historically logged forests need our help to become the old-growth forests of the future.
Learn more about the unveiling of the exhibit. To visit the viewing platform and interpretive exhibit, hike to the Redwood Bowl area along the Roberts Ridge Trail. We invite you to take a picture of the exhibit and send it to us through our Instagram or Facebook (external links) pages.