“Cutting the burl off redwoods … it’s like cutting off their feet. That’s the source of new roots, to get bigger, to keep growing.”
The California Coastal Redwoods were extensively clear cut around the turn of the century. But, thanks to the Redwood League (later Save the Redwoods) and influential individuals, acres of old growth redwoods still stand. The timber industry and environmental activists continue to spar over the healthiest maintenance plans for redwood forests. Gerald Beranek is an “old logger” who also happens to revere the majestic redwoods, and has published several books on these majestic trees. He shares redwood facts, a little history, and the best way to approach stewardship.
The health benefits of trees and their contribution to saving money on utility bills are perks to their visual beauty. Ray Tretheway of the Sacramento Tree Foundation provides insight into the offerings of trees and why each community should have its own tree foundation.
And, we visit Great Basin National Park in Nevada.