Welcome to the new blog page for the Grove of Titans boardwalk project. This project has received a significant amount of support from our friends and followers, and we want to make sure to keep you updated on progress. We decided that a blog would be a great way to provide ongoing updates regarding fundraising, the project’s status, and other relevant information provided to us by our California Department of Parks and Recreation (CDPR) partners.
The Grove of Titans boardwalk project was initiated in response to the growing number of “social trails” weaving through the grove. Social trails are created when visitors repeatedly venture off of park trails and create unofficial spur trails. Ongoing use of social trails causes damage to the forest floor and, in the case of the Titans, to the bark at the base of old-growth trees. These trails are not regularly maintained or monitored, so the increasing number of off-trail hikers has led to visitor safety concerns.
The proposed project is a simple and effective solution to an issue that needs immediate attention. The development of a boardwalk with viewing platforms will accomplish three main goals:
Prevent further damage to the forest floor caused by off-trail hiking
Over time, promote regeneration of forest understory
Provide safe access to a destination growing in popularity.
Redwood Parks Conservancy has been working alongside CDPR to raise funds for this project. As of today, donors have provided almost $7,000 to support the development of a boardwalk with viewing platforms at the Grove of Titans. An updated cost breakdown and a tentative timeline for the proposed work is under way. We will use this blog to share information as we receive it. Check back with us regularly for more updates.
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