Redwoods are famed for their great size, and because of their iconic stature they have long attracted attention from conservationists. The redwood forest that runs up the northern coast of California stands as one of the few large old-growth forests remaining in the United States, and while the trees are impressive and beautiful in their own right, it serves as the pristine home to some of America's most interesting wildlife.
Parks and Forest
The combined state and national park system encompasses about 206 square miles, but this only protects 45 percent of the total forest area. More than half of the redwood forest exists outside the park system.
Coastal redwoods are the largest trees on earth, with typical specimens measuring more than 200 feet in height.
The tallest existing redwood is "Hyperion," a tree standing a towering 379 feet high.
Coastal redwoods are also very long-lived, with some more than six centuries old. The oldest redwood is thought to be well over 2,200 years old.
The redwood forest supports a plethora of bird species, including bald eagles and spotted owls. It is also home to bats, black bears, cougars, coyotes, deer and elk.
The forest was home to numerous groups of Native Americans, but most especially the Yurok tribe. As late as the 19th century there were about 55 Yurok villages there.
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