Warning: Elk Calving Season, Elk Can Be Aggressive
Female (cow) elk are defensive of their newly born calves. As people approach, a cow may charge and/or rear up and lash out with her front legs. For your safety, STAY 500 FEET AWAY from elk, at all times. More »
Davison Road Maintenance begins 7/7/2014. Expect delays.
Beginning July 7, road crews will be grading sections of Davison Road between the hours of 8 am and 4:30 pm. Visitors to Gold Bluffs Beach and Fern Canyon should expect 30 minute delays.
Jedediah Smith Campground sites available by reservation, ONLY.
Due to campground maintenance needs, first-come, first-served sites are currently unavailable at Jedediah Smith Campground. Until further notice, sites are a available by reservation, ONLY. More »
Volunteers Needed: English Ivy Pull at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park
Contact: Thomas H. Kuchel Visitor Center, 707-465-7765
Redwood National and State Parks is seeking volunteers to help remove invasive exotic plants.
Become a steward of your national and state parks on Saturday, April 5th, 2014 by helping remove English ivy from Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. English ivy (Hedera helix) is an aggressive and invasive exotic pest that displaces native plants and is targeted for removal in the parks. It can form a dense ground cover, smothering native plants. It also climbs trees, including coast redwoods, and can choke the tree by severing the layer of tissue below the bark that transports nutrients. Dense infestations add weight to trees and can make them topple in strong winds.
Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. at the Hiouchi Visitor Center, just east of the entrance to Jedediah Smith State Park, on the opposite side of Highway 199, where we'll share a snack, get organized, and caravan to the site selected for the ivy pull. Low elevation spring wildflowers should be in full bloom near Smith River. After a couple of hours of pulling ivy, we'll have lunch, followed by a little more work.
Bring a bag lunch, drinking water, work clothes (with layers for changeable North Coast weather conditions), and work gloves if you have them. Gloves and other equipment needed will be provided by Redwood National and State Parks.
Did You Know?
You can travel by car to Gold Bluffs Beach to hike along a meandering stream through a hidden canyon with 30-foot walls covered by several species of ferns. Follow steps up to James Irvine Trail to a prairie that was once a small mining town above Fern Canyon.