Tree parks unite! California public lands currently hold the world’s tallest tree, largest tree, and oldest tree. What’s your favorite tree park?

Photo: S. Alexander/Tall Trees Trail
One of the best places in the park to view our night sky is at Schoolhouse Peak along Bald Hills Road. At an elevation of 3,097’ and with a 360 degree view, you can soak up the full expanse of the sky on a clear night. With few surrounding towns, the light pollution is at a minimum, offering you the perfect stargazing spot. Bring your red lights (to keep that night vision!), a blanket, and...
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Saturday Survival Skills: Needles

Redwood needles change in size and shape the farther up they go on a tree. The bottom leaves (pictured left) are wide and flat. The forest understory is damp and shady, so these needles aren't worried about water evaporation, but they try to capture whatever sunlight they can. The needles at the tree tops are small and close together (pictured right). This...
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Rainy days like today are perfect for relaxing. These dudes agree.

Photo: M. Hagen/ Roosevelt elk
Saturday Survival Skills: Fungus

Fungus feeds off decaying organic material and does not need sunlight to survive, making it a decomposer. Fungi roots produce new fruits, or mushrooms, each year and thrive in the damp conditions of our temperate rainforest. Rainy winters, fallen trees, and dying ferns provide a perfect environment for these decomposers to break down dead matter, put nutrients...
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Daydreaming of spring. What National Park photos keep you thinking warm thoughts when the temperature drops?

Photo: S. Alexander/ Lupine in the Bald Hills
Redwood Parks Conservancy is the official cooperating association for Redwood National and State Parks. We can't (and don't) do the important work of caring for this special place without their support. Thanks, RPC!
The tallest tree in the world is a coast redwood: it's almost 380 feet tall, and growing every day. Studies put the theoretical limit of how tall a tree can possibly grow to be between 400 and 426 feet. Just a few more years...

How have you met or beat your limits in your national parks?

Photo: B. Maggetti
Have you ever heard a redwood fall in the forest? What was that experience like?

Newton Drury Scenic Parkway is closed due to a fallen tree. At this time we do not have a predicted date for re-opening this road, but hope that it will be soon. You can still access Prairie Creek Visitor Center, Elk Prairie Campground, and the trails in this area by taking the south exit (exit #753) off of Hwy...
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Saturday Survival Skills: Redwood Bark
Redwood bark can grow up to twelve inches thick, is fire resistant, and filled with tannic acid. These tannins repel excessive moss growth, taste bad to bugs, and give the trees their reddish color. Bark adaptations like these, accumulated through thousands of years of evolution, contribute to Sequoia sempervirens survival from environmental hazards like...
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The more we learn about our environment, the more we can help protect it. Scientific research is at the heart of this park; our scientists explore intricate root systems, life in the canopy, and waterways of the forests. What have you discovered in a redwood forest? How will you use that knowledge to protect this place?

NPS Photo: Redwood Creek Overlook
A big thank you to volunteers from the Redwoods Mural Society! Come see us at the Hiouchi Information Center to see their artwork-in-progress, a series of murals depicting the many habitats of Redwood National and State Parks. Who knows, they might even let you paint!

When they're all finished later this summer, four murals, the largest 40 feet by 8 feet, will adorn the outer walls of the...
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We've been having great turnouts for this week's condor meetings. Tonight's public meeting (at the Oregon Zoo, Portland) is the last one - and we thank everyone for attending and participating.

Together we all are stewards of your parks and your involvement is important.

Written comments about the proposed condor reintroduction will be accepted until February 28.
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Did you know that old-growth redwood groves capture more carbon per acre than any other habitat on the planet? Studies show that more than 200 tons of carbon are held in each acre of these groves.
NPS Photo: J Chao
Is it sushi-time yet?
Ranger Melissa recently found these river otters enjoying a lunch of a huge king salmon.
NPS video / M Lockwood.
Condors in the redwoods? This week are five public meetings about the proposal to return them to their coastal redwood home. The meetings are in Sacramento, Eureka, Klamath, Medford and Portland. If you can't be there you can still submit written comments until February 28th.
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The ocean can be a beautiful and tremendous thing. If you're planning to visit our beaches today, keep your eyes on the water. With 25-35ft swells, be on the lookout for sneaker waves.

A sneaker wave is a wave much greater in force and height than the waves preceding it. This sneaker wave traveled at least 30ft past the high tide line and up a steep slope before finally stopping. If you're...
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Has a photograph challenged, provoked, or inspired you? This 1976-77 photo is in Lower Redwood Creek - a little more than a mile from the Tall Trees Grove.

The old-growth redwood logging in this scene was done on private land – yet this image was one that helped push forward the 1978 expansion of Redwood National Park. That clear-cut land is now part of this national park where we are...
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Next week are five public meetings about the proposed condor reintroduction in the redwoods. Written comments will be accepted until February 28th. Yurok Tribe USFWS Pacific Region Oregon Zoo
Is there anything that YOU think can match a redwood? Oregon Zoo Yurok TribeUSFWS Pacific Southwest Region