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Save the Redwoods League protects and restores redwood forests and connects people with their peace and beauty so these wonders of the natural world flourish. Coast redwoods are the world’s tallest tree- taller than 30-floor skyscraper
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Save the Redwoods League protects and restores redwood forests and connects people with their peace and beauty so these wonders of the natural world flourish.
Coast redwoods are the world’s tallest tree- taller than 30-floor skyscraper • Only native in a narrow strip from central CA to southern OR • Trunks can grow 24 feet wide • Can grow for over 2,000 years • Of the original 2 million acres of old-growth redwoods, 95% has been logged
The Garden Club of America Grove • Located in the heart of Humboldt Redwoods State Park • The original 2,552 acres was purchased in 1931 and formally dedicated as the GCA Grove in 1934 • GCA covered half the acquisition costs
A History of Partnership • Over the next 4 decades, SRL and GCA partnered to protect more priority lands for addition to the grove and to protect the entire Canoe Creek watershed • When the last parcel was added in 1972, the grove was over 5,100 acres • It is the 3rd largest dedicated grove in the entire CA State Park system
A History of Partnership • Since 1930, GCA members across the country have donated over $1.5 million dollars to ensure the protection of the lands within and around the GCA Grove • As of August 1, 2013, only $270,000 remained from the GCA share of acquisition costs Photo: Hillsborough Garden Club Members visiting the GCA Grove in September 2011. In 1943, the Hillsborough Garden Club was awarded the Garden Club of America Founders Fund Award to establish a separate redwood grove in honor of J. Sterling Morton, the Founder of National Arbor Day.
ARCATA • The GCA Grove is located in Humboldt Redwoods State Park • 40 miles south of Eureka, CA • 215 miles north of San Francisco, CA EUREKA FORTUNA HUMBOLDT REDWOODS
The Grove is accessed from a Day Use Area just off the scenic Avenue of the Giants Parkway The entrance is marked by 2 wooden signs
A New Partnership Opportunity • Canoe Fire in 2003 and storms in 2006 obstructed access to the lands in and around the GCA Grove • The fire resistant ancient redwoods survived with only scorched trunks, but many trails and bridges were completely destroyed • CA State Parks has not been able to secure the funding to rehabilitate the area and access remains closed off
Redwood sorrel (Oxalis oregano) carpets the floor of the GCA Grove. This is one of the areas that burned hottest during the Canoe Fire yet the ancient trees remain strong and a lush green understory of ferns and sorrel has returned. Unfortunately, this area is currently closed to the public. .
Photos taken in July 2013. On the left, Canoe Creek runs through the GCA Grove.
A New Partnership Opportunity • A plan has been designed to: • Restore 2.5 miles of trail • Reroute 3.5 miles of trail to a more sustainable alignment • Replace 8 bridges ranging from 18 to 42 feet • Build 7 small retaining walls to prevent erosion Photo: Ranger Wiegman stands at one of the areas in need of a new bridge. A wooden plank serves as a temporary bridge for Park staff to access this area, which is still closed to the public.
Bridge the Gap! • Recently announced Bridge the Gap campaign is an effort to raise funds to reopen public access to the GCA Grove • AND donations will also be credited toward the remaining balance of GCA’s share of the acquisition costs of the final land purchase in 1972! Photo: GCA members crossing Canoe Creek. Courtesy of the GCA Archives.
Bridge the Gap In 2013 and 2014 SRL will double-credit GCA-affiliated donations to: 1. The River Trail Restoration Project, and 2. The remaining balance of the 1972 acquisition costs
What Clubs Are Doing • Clubs are encouraged by GCA to donate directly to Save the Redwoods League • By Mail: Please reference “GCA” or “Bridge the Gap” • Online at: www.SaveTheRedwoods.org/GCA • Fundraising updates are available by signing in to the GCA Members Area (As of Nov. 15, 2013) We hope to plan a celebratory field trip to the GCA Grove to see the restored trail in 2018 when the GCA Annual Meeting will be in San Francisco, and when Save the Redwoods League turns 100 years!
For more photos and information visit www.SaveTheRedwoods.org/GCA Questions? Contact Megan Ferreira at Save the Redwoods League at (415) 820-5809 or mferreira@SaveTheRedwoods.org