APPENDIX II: ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
THE TOURISTS who each year visit the National Parks
of America are eager to learn about the great out-of-doors. As the
author carried on his work as ranger-naturalist at the Mariposa Grove of
Big Trees in Yosemite National Park, certain questions were repeatedly
asked of him: "Where can we find a publication that will tell us about
the relationships of the two Sequoias?" "What are the tallest, the
largest, the oldest trees of the world?" The writer felt the need for
some authoritative publication on Redwoods which would answer
adequately these questions asked by tourists, and this book is primarily an
endeavor to meet this need.
Several interested persons have helped to make the
preparation of the manuscript possible. Sincere appreciation is
expressed for the encouragement and help given by Dr. Harold C. Bryant,
Assistant Director of National Parks; Mr. Joseph Dixon, Field Naturalist
of National Parks; Mr. C. G. Thomson, Superintendent, Mr. C. A. Harwell,
Park Naturalist, Mr. Edward Beatty, Assistant Park Naturalist, Mr.
James Cole, Junior Park Naturalist, and Mr. Ralph H. Anderson, Park
Photographerall of Yosemite National Park; Mr. Newton B. Drury,
Secretary of the Save-the-Redwoods League; Mr. Francis P. Farquhar,
former president of the Sierra Club; and Mr. Enoch P. French,
Superintendent of the Northwest District, California State Parks.
The following have rendered a special service by
reading part or all of the manuscript, and have given valuable
suggestions and criticisms: Dr. Willis Linn Jepson, Professor of Botany,
University of California; Dr. Ralph W. Chaney, Professor of Paleontology,
University of California; Dr. Herbert L. Mason, Assistant Curator of
the Herbarium, University of California; Dr. A. H. Herron, Principal of
Winters High School, Winters, California; Dr. Wilfred E. Powell,
Department of Religious Education, Phillips University, Enid, Oklahoma; Dr.
Robert G. Martin, Professor of Old Testament History, Phillips
University, Enid, Oklahoma; and Messrs. Carl Sharsmith, A. W. Anderson,
Reynold Carlson, and Dewey Buck, Ranger-Naturalists. The coöperation and
support of the Yosemite Natural History Association made possible the
publication of the book.
The Save-the-Redwoods League has been especially
helpful in supplying information about the Redwoods.
Photographs have been given by Yosemite National
Park, Sequoia National Park, and General Grant National Park; the
Muir Woods National Monument, the Save-the-Redwoods League, and the
American Forestry Association; the California Redwood Association; Mr.
Gabriel Moulin; Mr. Russell Angel; Mr. Clyde Fisher; and Mr. Howard E.
McMinn, the author, and the University of California Press, the
publishers, of A Manual of Pacific Coast Trees. The picture of the Boole
Tree is reproduced by permission of Underwood & Underwood, holders
of the copyright; that of the giant cypress of Tule, copyright by the
National Geographic Society, is reproduced from the National Geographic
Magazine, with special permission.
THE LIFE OF A SIERRA REDWOOD
AS ILLUSTRATED BY A WEDGE-SHAPED SECTION (BARK TO CENTER) FROM A BIG
TREE WHICH FOR NEARLY TWENTY CENTURIES LIVED IN THE FRESNO GROVE.
FAMILIAR EVENTS OF THE CHRISTIAN ERA WHICH OCCURRED WITHIN THE LIFETIME
OF THIS TREE ARE NAMED AT THE LEFT; ON THE RIGHT ARE INDICATED THE
CORRESPONDING PERIODS IN THE GROWTH OF THE TREE. IT WAS 57 FEET IN
CIRCUMFERENCE AT BASE, 234 FEET HIGH, WHEN CUT DOWN.
Permission has been granted by Dr. Willis Linn Jepson
to quote from The Silva of California and The Trees of California (these
two source texts have been freely drawn upon); by the Macmillan Company
to quote from The Taking of Helen and Other Prose Selections, by John
Masefield; by Charles Scribner's Sons to quote from The Living Past, by
John C. Merriam; by D. Appleton-Century Co. to quote from The Yosemite,
by John Muir; and by the University of California Press to quote from
Fray Juan Crespi and Font's Complete Diary, edited by Herbert Eugene