It has been a lifelong dream of mine to visit Redwood Forests- There are several state parks in Northern California where old growth trees are preserved- These trees are the oldest trees IN THE WORLD.
'Majestic' does not even do it justice.
The four of us walked among these giants and many times would just exclaim- 'These are the oldest trees in the world'. The feeling of the life within these trees is palpable.
We visited Humboldt County Redwood State Park- Our journey began at Founders Grove-
The greatest accumulation of plant mass ever recorded on earth is here- This area has seven times the biomass (living and dead organic material) of that found in a tropical rainforest.
An ancient forest is defined as having:
Trees of all ages, many layers of canopy, large standing dead trees, large downed logs, trees over 200 years old.
A long time ago, fossil records show that redwoods grew naturally in various parts of North America- due to climate change they naturally grow in just a narrow strip- 40 miles wide and 450 miles long- along the West coast from southern Oregon to southern California.
Redwoods are so big that they actually live in three climatic zones at once- The base of each tree is in one set of climatic conditions, the stem in an other and the crown in yet another.
This tree is the famous Dyerville Giant-
Approximately 1600 years old- The Dyerville Giant was the largest recorded tree recognized by the American Foresters Association.
It was hit by lightning and fell on March 24th, 1991-
It is two feet taller than Niagara Falls or comparable to a 30 story building.
Weights over 1,000,000 pounds.
Here is a tree that was hit by lightning and the burn marks are still visible.
We also hiked at Rockefeller Forest where Giant Tree is located-
There are two types of needles on the forest floor-
The needles that come from the tops of the trees have tight scale like spikes which reduce evaporation surfaces for the drier conditions found in that climate zone.
The needles growing lower on the tree have broader and flatter surface to catch more sunlight.
We saw a lot of different wildlife in the forest-
These slugs were like nothing I had ever seen before!
Have you ever been to see the Redwoods?
Do you love the smell of a forest?