It can be difficult to absorb the immensity of the ancient trees in Redwood National and State Parks under any circumstance, but doing so from the seat of a car is near-impossible. Fortunately, the coastal California park will offer four opportunities, starting Saturday, for visitors to enjoy the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park without the noise of cars and trucks.
Redwood National and State Parks
For a limited time in summer, Redwood National and State Parks presents kayak tours of the Smith River—a crown jewel of the National Wild & Scenic River System and the largest free-flowing river system in California.
A popular attraction in Washington, D.C. is the World War II Memorial, but the nation's largest memorial to World War II veterans is located on the opposite side of the country—in a unit of Redwood National and State Parks. In 1949, five thousand acres of old-growth redwoods were dedicated as the National Tribute Grove to honor those vets, but over the years that designation had been largely forgotten. That's now changed, and the Grove was rededicated in a ceremony late last month.
Fifty years ago a section of forest in the Middle Fork of Lost Man Creek in Redwood National Park was logged. Now the National Park Service is drawing up a plan for managing that acreage and seeks your input.
Law enforcement agents in California have arrested a man in connection with cutting burls off the trunks of redwood trees in Redwood National and State Parks.
A disease that afflicts sea stars has taken root in Pacific waters from Alaska down to California, including portions of Redwood National and State Parks. Biologists say this year's mass mortality tied to the disease is "unprecedented."
National parks face plenty of challenges from crooks determined to steal everything from cacti at Saguaro National Park to ginseng from the Blue Ridge Parkway, but a growing problem at Redwood National and State Parks takes plant thievery to a whole new level. Poaching of burls from redwood trees is destroying the huge trees, and had led to the nighttime closure of a road in the park
While closed much of last year and early this year due to mandatory budget cuts, the Tall Trees Access Road in Redwood National Park was scheduled to reopen today.
We hope you had fun with this fixer-upper.
Sunday May 20, 2012 will offer a Celestial Super Bowl—a near-total solar eclipse—and parks in parts of the western U.S. will offer some prime viewing locations. If you want to make travel plans for special eclipse-related activities or purchase equipment for safe viewing, just don't wait too long to do so.