It has been more than a century since the California condor flew over the redwoods. The Pacific Northwest and coastal redwoods used to be their home. In 1805, Lewis and Clark even saw them at the mouth of the Columbia River. For many cultural, historical and ecological reasons the return of California condors to far Northern California would be beneficial.
In 2003, the Yurok Tribe identified restoring California condors to Yurok Ancestral Territory as a top priority. In 2008, the Yurok Tribe wildlife program obtained a grant from the US Fish and Wildlife Service and began scientifically assessing the historical habitat for current suitability. It has been shown that this landscape still is a viable habitat for the condors. The Yurok Tribe is a full partner in this reintroduction effort.
A similar experimental condor population was successfully established in Arizona's Vermillion Cliffs. Other condor populations were established at California's Big Sur, Pinnacles National Park and at Hopper Mountain and Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuges.
What was happening with public input?
By 2016, the proposed Redwood reintroduction effort was in the planning and early funding stage. This process moved forward with public input which began in early 2017. There were over a dozen public meetings in California and Oregon, and on-line and written ways for the public to provide input and feedback.
It took a year for the planning, public comments, meetings and evaluations to be completed. The condor reintroduction plan was approved and that signing occurred in 2019.
Videos and Articles
Watch short video clips by Redwood National Park rangers and Yurok tribal members about different connections to condors.
Article (2020) about Condors returning to the Redwoods, written by a Redwood National Park ranger.
Article (2017) about Condor reintroduction to the national parks.
Links to More About Condors and Reintroduction