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January 24, 2018, Joanna
Interest in the Grove of Titans trail project has really peaked in the last few months, and we’re working hard to keep the momentum up. Since our last blog post, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and other news outlets published articles covering the Grove of Titans project and appealing to the public for support. More recently, CBS national news traveled to Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park with representatives from California State Parks and Redwood Parks Conservancy to shoot a television feature about the project. The feature aired nationally on CBS twice in December and helped to spread awareness about the impacts of off-trail hiking (i.e. “social trails”) to viewers across the country. You can watch that feature here: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trying-to-protect-california-redwoods-from-too-much-love/
As of January, Redwood Parks Conservancy has received over 330 donations totaling over $36,000 from individuals across the US who want to see the grove restored. Although we still have a ways to go, the incredible amount of support and exposure we’ve received for this project has helped to attract interest from other organizations involved in redwood conservation and restoration. We’re hopeful that we’ll all come together to get this project funded and completed.
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June 2017, Joanna
Welcome to the new blog page for the Grove of Titans elevated walkway 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 elevated walkway 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 an elevated walkway 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 an elevated walkway 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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