Redwood National and State
Parks are home to some of the world's tallest trees: old-growth coast
redwoods. They can live to be 2000 years old and grow to over 300 feet
tall. Spruce, hemlock, Douglas-fir, berry bushes, and sword ferns create a
multiple canopied understory that towers over all visitors. The parks'
mosaic of habitats include prairie/oak woodlands, mighty rivers and
streams, and 37 miles of pristine Pacific coastline. Cultural landscapes
reflect American Indian history. The more recent logging history has led
to much restoration of these parks.
Three California state parks and the National Park
Service unit represent a cooperative management effort of the National
Park Service and California Department of Parks and Recreation. They are
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park,
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, and Redwood National Park, comprising
45 percent of all the old-growth redwood forest remaining in California.
Together these parks are a World Heritage Site and
International Biosphere Reserve, protecting resources cherished by
citizens of many nations.
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