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The Green Life: Old-Growth Redwoods Saved from Lumber Company

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April 05, 2011

Old-Growth Redwoods Saved from Lumber Company

Redwoods A stand of ancient redwood trees will be preserved after the Save the Redwoods League raised $7.5 million to purchase land owned by Willits Redwood Co. The 426-acre grove, located in the Noyo River canyon in Mendocino County, is part of a wooded area that the San Francisco Chronicle says is the largest privately owned old-growth forest on the West Coast.

Many of the California property's redwoods, which were marked for harvest in April, are more than 1,500 years old. The Noyo River watershed is also home to salmon, the northern spotted owl, and the marbled murrelet.

In an effort to beat the lumber company's April 1st deadline for the sale, the league's board voted on March 31 to release $4 million from a reserve fund. Combined with the $3.5 million donated by supporters, the total amount raised by Save the Redwoods League will cover the $7 million purchase price of the land and leave $500,000 for restoration and property management. The league intends to turn the property over to a local land trust for permanent conservation.

--Della Watson

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