Saturday Survival Skills: Snags

Standing dead trees, or snags, are trees that are no longer living but still attached to the root system. Snags vary in appearance; they can be short, tall, hollow, or without bark. Snags contribute to the health of our forests in many ways, such as by providing space for plants and animals. For example, bats love the dark hollow places that snags create, both...
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How does it feel to discover a redwood fairy ring? All these trees in the circle were once saplings growing from an old-growth redwood. The parent tree is long gone and decayed, yet its DNA lives on.
NPS Photo: G Litten
Are you feeling the urge to be a part of the Redwood National Park family? Why don't you consider being a PARK VOLUNTEER. This Saturday from we'll show you around as part of a Volunteer Orientation Day.

From 10am-1pm we have two orientation locations;
north at the Hiouchi Visitor Center. Contact Laura Goforth 707 465-7393
south near Orick, at the Kuchel Visitor Center. Carey Wells 707 465-7762
Have you ever wanted to volunteer at Redwoods? This Saturday - at two of our Visitor Centers - we are holding Volunteer In Park orientation days. Come check out what we do... and discover how you can be a part of the team.
Saturday was 'Take a Child Outside' Day and a few of our awesome education rangers hung out at the Arcata Marsh to introduced kids and teachers to Redwood's outdoor schools. They discussed our curriculum-based programs and showed off tracks, scat, and skulls from the animals in our park!

Outdoor education programs promote curiosity in and respect for our natural world and national parks....
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Like an old friend you haven't seen in a year, the blooming Pacific trillium (trillium ovatum) returns. The change in season is certainly welcome after such a wet winter!

What's your favorite sign that spring is here?

Photo: B. Maggetti, Jedediah Smith Campground
Saturday Survival Skills: Root System

Redwood roots run shallow but extend far. Reaching a maximum depth of only 6-10 feet (no tap root here!), the roots will spread out about 100 feet, connecting with other redwood roots. This bond allows the trees to share nutrients and water. As winter wind storms hit, the trees will hold on to each other’s roots to keep from falling over.

Photo: S....
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In your opinion are national parks still America's best idea?

"National parks are the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst." - Wallace Stegner

Photo: C. Wells
Saturday Survival Skills: Cones

Redwoods reproduce through two ways: burl sprouts and cones. Redwood cones are about the size of an olive and hold 60-120 seeds. These seeds do not need fire to successfully grow, unlike their cousins the Giant Sequoias, instead they need lots of moisture. This cone has already released its seeds, spreading them across the forest floor, hopefully to become as...
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Where will this weekend take you?

#findyouradventure #findyourpark

Photo: S. Alexander/ James Irvine Trail
Today we honor the women in our lives and workplace. At Redwood National & State Parks, women work in every division from law enforcement and maintenance, to administration, resource management, education, and interpretation. Their tireless efforts keep visitors and coworkers safe, protect irreplaceable natural and cultural resources, and provide equal opportunities for all people to make...
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What is your favorite weather in the redwoods and what makes it your favorite?

“Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather. ”
- John Ruskin

Photo: S. Niehans
Have you ever felt the ground shake? This tree registered as a 2.0 earthquake on a nearby seismometer when it fell a few weeks ago. The tree is over 6ft in diameter where it crosses Cathedral Trees Trail and over 10ft in diameter at its base.

Can you imagine how heavy this redwood must’ve been to cause such an impact?

Photo: S. Alexander/ Downed Tree
Saturday Survival Skills: Reiterations

In addition to growing at the base of a redwood, burl sprouts will also run the length of the tree trunk. These burl sprouts (which contain the tree’s genetic material) will activate in the event of stress, such as when a limb or the top of the tree falls off. The sprout will then grow a clone, or reiteration, from that breaking point. Some redwoods in...
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Knock knock...Who's there? A volunteer Ted took this awesome photo near Gold Bluffs Beach. Can you figure out what made some of these tracks?
Photo: Ted Humphry
Saturday is Hike & Bike Day in the redwoods! This Saturday March 4, Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway will continue to be closed to vehicles. So bring your bikes, strollers, wheelchairs, roller blades, skateboards, pets (on leash!), and hiking shoes and enjoy walking along our scenic road through the old-growth forest.

Photo: S. Alexander/ Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway
Happy Birthday, Yellowstone National Park!! Thanks for paving the way for the rest of us national park sites to be preserved, protected, and enjoyed for future generations!

Photo: S. Alexander/ Grand Prismatic Spring
Saturday Survival Skills: Cloning

To reproduce, redwood trees can clone themselves. The cambium layer (the living layer beneath the bark) produces burl sprouts that hold the genetic material for the entire tree. When a tree is in distress, such as when it’s toppled, cut, or burned, the burl sprouts are activated and will grow clones. These clones sprout from the root system or base of the...
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Participate in decisions about your public lands!

The National Park Service and California State Parks support the rulemaking to designate the North Fork of the Smith River in Curry County, Oregon, as Outstanding Resource Waters. Past history has shown the futility of governmental attempts to protect an outstanding resource value by drawing an artificial boundary around the resource and...
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Feb 28th will be the last day for providing public comments about the proposed condor reintroduction to Redwood National Park. We've received more than 1,500 written comments so far... have you had your say?

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