Monday, July 7, 2008

Ave. Of The Giants.....

WOW!!! These trees were amazing! The history involved is also amazing:
In 1850, old growth redwood forest covered more than 2,000,000 acres of the California coast. The northern portion of that area, originally inhabited by Native Americans, attracted many lumbermen and others turned gold miners when a minor gold rush brought them to the region. Failing in efforts to strike it rich in gold, these men turned toward harvesting the giant tree for booming development in San Francisco and other places on the West Coast. After many decades of unobstructed clear-cut logging, serious efforts toward conservation began. By the 1920s work of the Save-the-Redwoods League, founded in 1918 to preserve remaining old growth redwoods.

It is a good thing that people had the foresight to create this league almost a hundred years ago to save these incredible trees. And that they are here for us to see today.
This world-famous scenic drive is a 31-mile portion of old Highway 101, which parallels Freeway 101 with its 51,222 acres of redwood groves. It is by far the most outstanding display of these giant trees in the 500 mile redwood belt.

1 comment:

Lisa said...

Beautiful! I bet you guys had a great time.

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