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Grove of Titans landed the big bucks

I really enjoyed your story and video about the Grove of Titans redwoods at Jedediah Smith State Park. In fact, I donated to the fundraiser to help improve access and protect those giant trees. My question, though, is did they raise the money they were hoping to for that project?

— Ann via email

Just recently the Save the Redwoods League announced it reached its $1 million fundraising goal for the first phase in the Grove of Titans project, which is designed to protect the coastal redwoods there from being overrun from off-trail visitation.

The public fundraiser reached its goal of $500,000, which was matched dollar-for-dollar by Josie Merck, a San Francisco Bay philanthropist who obviously is a big supporter of the redwoods.

Phase One of the project, which is already in the pipeline, involves planning, various environmental assessments and design work for a above-ground trail through the Grove of Titans, which is home to some of the largest coastal redwoods by volume ever recorded.

The raised trails will keep visitors from trampling the forest floor around the redwoods, whose shallow root systems are getting damaged by the activity.

The elevated trail will include a reroute of the park’s Mill Creek Trail that is the main access to the grove, which was not discovered until 20 years ago.

The new trail system is projected to be open in July.

To check out the original Mail Tribune article and video about the Grove of Titans, go HERE.

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