Redwood National and State Parks

Smith River

Six picturesque places to paddle in the redwoods

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Traveling on foot, wheels, and hooves are some ways to see the world’s tallest trees, but there’s nothing like paddling past magnificent coast redwood forests on beautiful rivers. These are the realms of playful river otters, magnificent ospreys, and at …

condor release

Time to spy a rare bird in the sky

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Next time you visit Redwood National and State Parks, you may see magnificent creatures that have been absent from this area for more than a century: California condors. The Yurok Tribe and Redwood National Park released the first two young …

A grey-haired woman backpacking, with greenery and boulders in the background.

Lucille Vinyard, a redwoods hero

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Photographer Dave Van de Mark remembers his friend Lucille, a heroic environmental activist who helped lead the effort to establish and expand Redwood National Park.

Black and white photo of a forest next to a dry creek, with hikers in the distance

War stories from the 1960s redwoods conservation movement

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Photographer and activist Dave Van de Mark helped to establish Redwood National Park by documenting the story of the forest. 50 years later, he is photographing the same places he helped to protect, in a stunning reflection on 50 years of transformation in the forest.

yurok prairie creek

Goodbye asphalt, hello nature

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By breaking ground, partners are writing a new chapter for a former Orick redwood mill site at the confluence of Prairie Creek and Redwood Creek. For decades the mill site has remained as a scar on the landscape, a reminder of that misguided past. Now that’s changing. The League has begun restoring the site and constructing a southern visitor gateway to Redwood National and State Parks.

White pickup truck on a dirt road lined with trees and logs.

Photo Evidence That Redwoods Rising Is Real

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I recently had the great pleasure of visiting Redwoods Rising operations in Redwood National and State Parks, and what I saw was incredible.

A California condor glides over Big Sur, California. Photo by Sebastian Kennerknecht/Minden Pictures.

Soaring Soon

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Federal agencies and the Yurok Tribe have partnered to reintroduce California condors to Redwood National and State Parks. Before too long, visitors to Redwood National and State Parks may spy the condors, which have been missing from the area for more than 100 years.

Residual old-growth redwoods rise above a second-growth stand in Redwood National and State Parks. Photo by Mike Shoys

Redwoods Rising Restoration of More Than 70,000 Acres Begins Across Northern California Redwood Forests, Providing Regional Jobs

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Save the Redwoods League, the National Park Service and California State Parks today announced the next steps in on-the-ground restoration work by Redwoods Rising, a large-scale forest restoration partnership underway in Redwood National and State Parks (RNSP). Beginning next week, Redwoods Rising crews will work in two watersheds within the park boundaries—representing a significant milestone for this long-term forest health initiative and bringing forestry jobs to this northern California region.

2019 Redwoods Rising Apprentices.

Students from Humboldt State to Help Restore Redwood National and State Parks

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Eighteen students from Humboldt State University (HSU) are participating in a collaborative restoration project known as Redwoods Rising, gaining valuable knowledge and work experience studying the historically logged coast redwood forests in Redwood National and State Parks this summer.

2019 Redwoods Rising Apprentices.

Redwoods Rising Student Apprentices Help Restore Redwood National and State Parks

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Eighteen students from Humboldt State University (HSU) are participating in a collaborative restoration project known as Redwoods Rising, gaining valuable knowledge and work experience studying the historically logged coast redwood forests in Redwood National and State Parks this summer.

An ancient redwood in the Grove of Titans. Photo by Max Forster

Heroes Unite to Protect Superhero Trees

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Home of some of the tallest and most extraordinary trees in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Portola Redwoods State Park provides visitors with a much-needed escape from life in nearby Silicon Valley.