Redwoods National Park, California

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Redwoods National Park is part of a large conglomerate of multiple California state parks and the national park itself, protecting 45% of the remaining coastal redwood old-growth forests in Northern California. The forests are considered temperate rainforests and are home to the tallest and some of the oldest tree species on earth. Redwood trees used to cover close to 2 million acres of coastal Northern California but up to 96% of those trees have been logged. The Yurok, Tolowa, Karok, Chilula, and Wiyot people lived in the area before decimation by European explorers. The Chilula people say they are “people from within the redwood tree.”

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Whitney staring up a at Big Tree.

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