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NBC Nightly News: Go inside a secret grove of centuries-old California redwoods

Go inside a secret grove of centuries-old California redwoods

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There’s a magical place in Sonoma, California where hundreds of acres of centuries-old redwoods have gone untouched. The land was owned by the Falk family for generations, until they recently sold it to Save the Redwoods League to preserve, with plans to allow the public in.

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The ancient redwood forest of Harold Richardson Redwoods Reserve has remained largely untouched for thousands of years. Photo by Mike Shoys

Harold Richardson Redwoods Reserve

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Nestled in the wooded hills along the Sonoma coast lies a hidden wonder that has remained largely untouched for thousands of years — 730 acres of pristine forest known as Harold Richardson Redwoods Reserve.

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15-acre addition to the Grove of Old Trees park

The Grove of Old Trees

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Save the Redwoods League has expanded the Grove of Old Trees park to 48 acres by purchasing a neighboring 15-acre property and deeding it to LandPaths, the Grove’s owner and manager. Containing old-growth coast redwoods, oak woodland, grassland and a stretch of Coleman Valley Creek, this newly acquired property is a priority identified by the League’s Vibrant Forests Plan.

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Jenner headlands Courtesy Sonoma Land Trust, Stephen Joseph Photography

Jenner Headlands Preserve

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Where Russian River meets Pacific Ocean, dramatic views, small streams, coastal prairies, spring wildflowers, redwood and Douglas-fir forest. Spotted owls, coho salmon, steelhead trout, peregrine falcons.

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Lake Sonoma Recreation Area, by David McSpadden Flickr CC

Lake Sonoma Recreation Area

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Huge lake surrounded by oak woodlands and (on west side) redwoods and other conifers. Boating, fishing, camping, water skiing, hiking, horseback riding, archery, frisbee golf. More than 1 million visitors yearly.

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Soda Springs Reserve, by Mike Shoys

Soda Springs County Reserve

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A small county park east of Sea Ranch. Short hiking trails through beautiful redwoods along Soda Springs Creek. Fishing.

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Stillwater Cove. by Darvin Atkeson

Stillwater Cove Regional Park

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Near Jenner, ocean views and a small beach, plus meadows and coastal forest. Kayaking, birding, fishing. Historic Fort Ross Schoolhouse.

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Bodega Bay, Sonoma Coast State Park. Photo by Michael Olsen, Flickr Creative Commons

Sonoma Coast State Park

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With its sandy beaches, rugged headlands and miles of trails, picturesque Sonoma Coast State Park offers a bounty of recreational opportunities for everyone.

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Fort Ross

Fort Ross State Historic Park

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Located 12 miles north of Jenner, California, Fort Ross offers striking coastal scenery and a fascinating historical perspective.

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Austin Creek

Austin Creek State Recreation Area

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Just a few miles north of the Russian River at Guerneville, Austin Creek SRA and Montgomery Woods are complementary. Austin Creek is sunny and open, with grasslands and rolling hills dotted with other conifers and oaks.

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Armstrong Redwoods

Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve

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Just a few miles north of the Russian River at Guerneville, Armstrong Redwoods and Austin Creek are complementary parks totaling more than 6,000 acres.

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Photo by Save the Redwoods League

Grove of the Old Trees

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Grove of the Old Trees is an accessible, stunning 28-acre redwood stand on a ridgetop in Occidental.

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Photo by Benjamin Pender, Flickr Creative Commons

Salt Point State Park

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Salt Point State Park is 90 miles north of San Francisco on the winding coastal Highway 1.

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