Trip Start Jun 14, 2013
66Trip End Oct 15, 2013
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The first shore landing was made in 1775 but the settlements came in 1850 with gold miners. The settlement needed wood so they started cutting down the redwoods to make their houses. By the end of the 19th century the extra railroads made a huge industry for redwood trees so they got cut down. When the miners arrived there was 2,000,000 acres of redwood and now there is only 120,000 left so the government declared it a national park to stop the woodcutting.
In prehistoric times the redwood family was everywhere, but because of the ice age they could only survive in three isolated places, in each place the redwoods grew differently
Here are a few facts about coast redwoods:
* coast redwoods get 1/3 of their water from the mist coming in from the sea.
* coast redwoods have really shallow root systems so you always have to stay on the paths.
* coast redwoods can grow up to 380 feet tall.