Roosevelt Elk, Redwood National Park. Copyright © Steve Dunleavy. Image used under Creative Commons 2.0 License.

The Redwood National and State Parks are located along the coast of northern California.  The combined RNSP contain 133,000 acres and protect 45% of all remaining Coastal Redwood old-growth forests.  These trees are the tallest and one of the most massive tree species on Earth.  In addition to the redwood forests, the parks preserve other indigenous flora, fauna, grassland prairie, cultural resources, portions of rivers and other streams, and 37 miles of pristine coastline.  Redwood National Park was created in 1968, by which time nearly 90% of the original redwood trees had been logged.  (Source: Wikipedia, Image: Steve Dunleavy)

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