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The Redwood Rush

Written by: George Chittenden : 07 Mar 2020

The gold rush during the middle of the 19th century saw thousands of people flock to north-western California in search of riches and new lives. Sadly as many of these hard-working folks failed to make a fortune finding gold they turned their attention towards the trees. Back then the redwood forest covered more than 2,000,000 acres (8,100 km2) of the California coast, and it’s trees are the biggest tree species on Earth.

Obviously their size made them valuable as timber. The Redwood National Park was eventually created in 1968, but sadly nearly 90% of the original redwood trees had been logged. Nowadays the Redwood National and State Parks combined contain only 133,000 acres (540 km2) of redwood forest.

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