TRAVEL ADVISORY- Sunday, March 16th HWY 101 closed 9am-2pm
Cal Trans (DOT) reports that on Sunday, March 16th, 2014 Highway 101 (6 miles south of Crescent City) will be closed from 9 am to 2 pm for slide removal. More »
Newton Drury Parkway will be Closed at Night Due to Increased Wood Poaching
Effective Saturday, March 1, 2014, the parkway will be closed each day at sunset and re-opened at sunrise. More »
Living with Fire
The American Indian method of managing plant communities with fire contributed to ecosystem health by clearing brush and encouraging new growth. However, management practices by Euro-Americans brought a century of fire suppression and altered landscapes.
Today, park resource managers are returning to the practice of using fire to maintain landscape health. It is the long-term goal for RNSP to restore park lands to the state that existed just prior to Euro-American contact and influence. By using prescribed fire on a regular basis, park managers have set the following goals for prairies and redwood forests.
Objectives for prairies and oak woodlands:
Objectives for Old Growth:
Did You Know?
Elk once ranged over most of the United States from Maine to New Mexico. By 1860, the eastern elk had been eliminated by hunters. By 1912, about 124 Roosevelt elk remained in northern California. Prairie Creek Redwood State Park became an elk refuge in 1923 where elk are common today.