Facts About the Redwood Forest

Facts About the Redwood Forest
The redwood forest of northern California is embodied in a combined system of parks that include multiple California state parks and the more famous national park. The forest is home both to the world's greatest trees and to an amazing variety of wildlife.

The Parks

While the parks cover 206 square miles, they contain slightly less than half of the total redwood forest. The parks include Redwood Forest National Park, six California state parks, one state resort and two state rest areas.


The park is home to many rivers and streams, but is also a coastal area. The freshwater courses of the park are home to salmon and trout (among others), while the beaches are thick with a wide variety of crustaceans, and whales can be seen offshore.


The combination of coastline and deep forest is home to a wide variety of birds, including bald eagles, several types of owls, pelicans, gulls, hawks and wrens.


The forest offers a habitat for a plethora of mammals, such as various types of bats, black bears, elk, deer, rabbits, otters, cougars, beavers and bobcats.

Redwood Size

Sequoia sempervirens (redwood tree) is the biggest tree in the world. A normal example can stand well over 200 feet tall, and the tallest known tree is 379 feet tall.

Redwood Age

Redwoods are exceptionally long-lived trees. The oldest known tree is more than 2,200 years old, and it is not uncommon to encounter trees several centuries old in the forest.

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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