RedWood Fun Facts
Redwood trees are a large part of America’s history, as well as future. They are not only a renewable resource, but a 300 foot redwood tree roughly gives off 18,000 pounds of oxygen per year. Good News! Today, over 160,000 acres of redwood forest are protected by federal, state, county and local parks on the Redwood Coast.
Redwood trees are so popular, you may have seen them in one of the following movies:
Because of the giant trees and the alien flora, scenes for the Star Wars movie “Return of the Jedi” were filmed in the Tall Trees Redwood Grove located in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park.
Scenes for Steven Spielberg’s movie The Lost World – Jurassic Park were filmed at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Patrick’s Point State Park, and Fern Canyon.
Did you know? There are no insects and no fungus that can kill a redwood tree, but there are a few that can damage them. Redwoods have few natural enemies. Tannic acid makes them resistant to disease and insect infestation, and their thick, fibrous bark effectively resists fire.
Goosepens are where the base of a redwood has been hollowed out by fire, but the top of the tree is still thriving. These openings are so large that, in earlier days, settlers in the West could corral their livestock in them, thus giving the goosepens their name.
Nursery Trees are where a fallen or cut redwood is surrounded by a circle of younger redwoods, all receiving nutrients from the original tree’s root system.