The mission of Redwoods Rising is to protect old-growth stands, restore redwood forest ecosystems, and ensure the long-term health of these lands. Together with redwood enthusiasts, park visitors, local communities, and tribes, we seek to increase support, knowledge, and appreciation of the iconic and unique California redwood forest landscape. Our vision of Redwoods Rising is that the 120,000 acres of redwood forest ecosystems in RNSP exists as a connected and thriving landscape that supports and protects the parks' natural and cultural treasures. This restoration effort will involve forest and vegetation management, legacy logging road removal and road maintenance, cultural site protection, watershed management, as well as reducing the amounts of erosion and sediment going into rivers and streams.
We have identified 30,350 acres in the Greater Mill Creek (GMC) watershed and 9,000 acres in the Greater Prairie Creek (GPC) watershed to restore.
Lands, Watersheds and Ecosystems to be Restored and Reconnected.
What Restoration Work Is Happening Now? What is Coming?
Work began in the fall of 2019 with the goal to treat 6,100 acres of second-growth forests (forests that had been logged) that have been identified as the first wave of restoration efforts. This effort will be focused in two areas: 3,200 acres in the Mill Creek watershed and 2,900 acres in the Prairie Creek watershed.
Spring 2020: In the southern part of the parks near Orick, crews began brush clearing along Davison Road and near Berry Glen.
Beginning in June 2020: visitors will see and hear restoration happening in the south along HWY101: near the Elk Meadow Day Use Area.
Starting in July 2020: work will begin at the northern areas of the parks in the Mill Creek watershed. Because of the location of phase-one, it is unlikely that visitors will be hear or see this work happening in the Mill Creek area.
This will likely begin around 2021 or 2022. There will be with more restoration projects occurring in the Greater Prairie Creek Watershed below the Lady Bird Johnson Grove and west of the Wolf Creek Education Center. Visitors driving up Bald Hills Road to the Lady Bird Johnson Grove will clearly see restoration work, trucks and restoring thinning in action.
To the north in the Greater Mill Creek Watershed, restoration projects will occur close to the Mill Creek campground. Visitors and campers will hear restoration work happening.
Map and Location of Restoration Areas
The Greater Mill Creek (GMC) Watershed is in the northern part of Redwood National and State Parks and is south and south-east of Crescent City. GMC restoration is mostly in Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park.
The Greater Prairie Creek (GPC) Watershed is in the southern part of Redwood National and State Parks and is north and north-west of Orick. The GPC project area is in both Redwood National Park and Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.
Summary of the CollaborativeRedwoods Rising is a restoration and land management collaborative among California State Parks, Redwood National Park, and the Save the Redwoods League.
This is a fresh approach to a long-shared partnership, building upon decades of collaborative efforts to protect and restore the park’s redwood forest ecosystems. This collaborative was catalyzed by a growing need to think about resource stewardship across boundaries at the systems level while embracing the principles of resiliency and landscape connectivity. This effort is intended to be responsive to that need by providing an avenue for sharing resources to get the work done.
You can watch a short video about the day this collaborative officially began.
The complexity and costs of restoration have increased, making strategically coordinated project planning, execution, and funding more critical than ever. At the same time, scaling up and accelerating the pace of restoration activities is necessary at the landscape level if the park’s fragmented ecosystems are to be resilient to the harmful impacts of drought, fire, disease, invasive species, and climate change.
Redwoods Rising brings together the existing Redwood National and State Parks partnership with the League to more strategically and efficiently address these needs. It serves to formalize the existing relationships among these organizations and further leverage the strengths of each partner, while also working to engage local tribes and communities in this focused effort.
Furthermore, Redwoods Rising hopes to increase the pace and scale of restoration by pooling resources across boundaries, and truly achieve landscape-scale restoration.
An example of this partnership is the Forest Apprenticeship Program, provided by Save the Redwoods League. In the summer of 2018, Humboldt State University students mapped and collected data from a variety of locations in Redwood National Park. Their science and information assists park managers and park partners with planning and preparing for upcoming restoration activities.
Additionally, in the winter of 2017-2018, the League funded and hired a "Storm Patrol" crew. These Save the Redwoods League contractors became the first formalized Storm Patrol team in Redwood National Park. Their work in monitoring and protecting legacy logging roads from catastrophic failure is essential to the long-term health of the parks' rivers and forests.
Where Can I Find Out More About Redwoods Rising?
Even though we are at the beginning of this ambitious project - there are plenty of sites, staff, and blogs that are communicating about Redwoods Rising.
In the years ahead, our restoration projects webpages will continue to grow. Save The Redwoods League (STRL) has great information about this collaborative project. The California Department of Parks and Recreation also has information and videos about Redwoods Rising.
If you want to dig much deeper into the history, goals, management and potential ecosystem benefits of this program, then spend time with frequently asked questions.
Last updated: June 4, 2020