SAVE THE REDWOODS!
FOR MANY YEARS after the discovery of the Redwoods, no attempt was made
to preserve them. In those early years, we find many appeals such as the
"Through all the eventful centuries since Christ's time, and long before
that, God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease,
avalanches, and a thousand storms; but He cannot save them from the
sawmill; this is left to the American people."John Muir.
"I appeal to you to save these mighty trees, these wonderful monuments
of beauty."Theodore Roosevelt.
In 1918, a writer in the Saturday Evening Post told
of the "last stand of the giants"" in Humboldt and Del Norte counties,
California. At that time not a single Redwood tree in those counties was
owned by the State.
At present, a number of organizations are at work
trying to save these marvelous trees for present and future
generations to enjoy. Some of the more important of these organizations are
the United States Government, the State of California, the
National Geographic Society, and the Save-the-Redwoods League.
The United States Government began the National Park
system in 1872, when it set aside Yellowstone National Park
for the enjoyment and benefit of the people. In 1890 three National
Parks in which Sierra Redwood are preserved were created in
CaliforniaSequoia National Park, General Grant National Park, and Yosemite
National Park. The National Parks are administered through the
Department of the Interior.
The United States Government, through the Department
of Agriculture, has also established in California three National
Forests in which Sierra Redwood are protectedthe Sequoia National
Forest, the Sierra National Forest, and the Stanislaus National
The Government has also set aside Muir Woods National
Monument, where a number of Coast Redwood represent the chief value conserved.
The State of California, home of the Redwoods, has
set aside, through the State Park Commission, several areas for State
Parks, including Calaveras Big Trees State Park, in which are some
very fine Sierra Redwoods. The California Redwood State Park, better
known as Big Basin, and the Humboldt Redwood State Park along the
Redwood Highway preserve excellent examples of Coast Redwood forest, as
do also the Prairie Creek, Del Norte Coast, and Hiouchi Redwood State
The National Geographic Society from time to time has
bought and donated areas of land containing Redwoods. Two articles on
the Redwoods thus preserved have appeared in the National Geographic
Magazine: "Our Big Trees Saved" (January, 1917), and "The National
Geographic Society Completes Its Gifts of Big Trees"' (July, 1921). This
Society is truly a friend of the future.
One of the most active organizations in saving the
Redwoods is the Save-the-Redwoods League, guardian of California
forests. The League was organized in 1918 "to preserve the oldest
trees in the world." Its objects are stated as follows:
(1) To rescue from destruction representative areas
of our primeval forest.
(2) To coöperate with the California State Park
Commission and other agencies in establishing Redwood parks and other
parks and reservations.
(3) To purchase Redwood groves by private
(4) To coöperate with the California State Highway
Commission and other agencies in assuring the preservation of the trees
and of the roadside beauty along highways in California.
(5) To support reforestation and conservation of our
The League has been instrumental in saving a large
number of groves of Redwoods, and is especially interested in the
preservation of four important parks along the Redwood Highwaythe
Bull Creek-Dyerville Park and the Prairie Creek Park, in Humboldt
County; and the Del Norte Coast Park and the Hiouchi Redwoods, in Del
The reports of the League are of value to all persons
interested in saving the forests of Redwoods. Certain recent pamphlets
are well worth reading :
Bibliography of the Redwoods, with a foreword by J. D. Grant.
The Movement to Save the Redwoods, by Newton B. Drury.
Redwoods of the Past, by Ralph W. Chaney.
A Living Link in History, by John C. Merriam.
The Story Told by a Fallen Redwood, by Emanuel Fritz.
Trees, Plants, and Flowers of the Redwood Region, by W. L. Jepson.
Among the organizations co&oml;perating with the
Save-the-Redwoods League are the California Federation of Women's Clubs,
the Native Daughters of the Golden West, and the Garden Club of