Redwood National and State Parks

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New trail at Redwood National Park winds through ancient trees

December 15, 2010, 8:55 am
A giant redwood tree that some say looks like nature's version of Darth Vader's mask is one of the highlights of the first new trail to open in 10 years in Redwood National Park. Visitors have already named three trees on the new three-mile Berry Glen Trail: the Scabby Tree, ...

Redwoods and historic sights make California's Highway 101 a rewarding drive

July 23, 2010, 9:18 am
  Pass me if you like. Driving along Highway 101 in Northern California, flanked by ocean and redwoods, I felt no need to rush or speed, honk or make pained faces. Aggrieved drivers don't belong here. Unlike so many thoroughfares, this coastal road is the destination. As long as my car was ...

Letting in the light: Redwood Park forest thinning project in full swing

September 14, 2009, 7:05 am
An ornery-looking machine called a feller buncher reached out its arm and grasped the base of a small fir tree, sliced it from the ground and laid it onto a deck of logs along the side of a road. It's a typical logging scene on North Coast timberlands. But this scene was unfolding ...

Still hope for Redwood National Park Hostel

September 11, 2009, 8:37 am
A press release announcing the closure of the Redwood National Park Hostel may paint an overly dire picture.But hostel manager Kaci Elder and Redwood National and State Parks officials are still crossing their fingers.According to the release, the hostel will close its doors indefinitely Jan. 18, 2010, because the ...

Redwood National Park Hostel to Close in January, 2010

September 9, 2009, 9:28 am
After 22 years accommodating travelers from around the world, the Redwood National Park Hostel will close its doors indefinitely on January 18, 2010, due to a lack of available funding for necessary repairs to the historic former pioneer homestead. The hostel is in need of extensive reconstruction, including seismic retrofitting as well as renovations ...

Quiet redwood grove remains popular 40 years later

August 27, 2009, 7:54 am
It's probably the only time Humboldt County had two U.S. presidents visiting at the same time. And that did not include Ronald Reagan, who was then California's governor.The day was Aug. 27, 1969, and political leaders gathered to dedicate Lady Bird Johnson Grove in Redwood National Park. It was ...

Like One Big, Happy Park

November 24, 2008, 7:54 am
The bumper sticker on Jim Wheeler's office wall proclaims in large letters, "Just Say No to The Buffalo." The sticker harks back to a time when California's parks department employees felt like they were being stampeded by the federal government into turning the redwood state parks over to the National ...

Marijuana in Your National Park

September 30, 2008, 8:18 am
It looked something like slash-and-burn agriculture -- in a national park. Trees hacked, pot-holed ground, bare slopes, and hundreds of yards of black pipe, fertilizer, and a camp with propane stoves, cooking oil and food. In Copper Creek in the Bald Hills between Orick and Hoopa, last week, a Redwood ...

Redwood Park's Hofstra Gets National Award

August 28, 2008, 2:56 pm
Longtime Redwood National Park senior biologist Terry Hofstra was awarded the U.S Department of the Interior's second-highest honor Wednesday in Orick. Hofstra though he was going to a party celebrating the park's 40th anniversary -- which is indeed this year -- but instead found himself the focus of the gathering ...

Redwood: The land of the big trees

June 10, 2008, 2:15 pm
These magnificent parks mark the far northern quarter of California's map with green splotches near its coastline. Redwood is one of America's least-visited national parks but not for its lack of beauty; it has that hands down, what with 2,000-year-old redwoods, 40% of California's seabirds, an overlook where the wild ...

First centennial project coming to Redwood National and State Parks

April 28, 2008, 1:19 pm
The Ancient Redwood Forest and Watershed Restoration Project is coming to Redwood National and State Parks in the first year of a 10-year program to reinvigorate America’s national parks. This $3 million project will foster the recovery of some of this nation’s last remaining ancient redwood forests, protect critical ...