2,000-Year-Old Redwood Forest Survives California’s Biggest Wildfire

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As wildfires continue in California, many people feared that the ancient trees at Big Basin Redwoods State Park would not survive the blaze.

2,000-year-old redwoods survive wildfire at California's oldest state park. Though feared destroyed, most of the ancient…

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Laura McLendon, a conservation director for the Sempervirens Fund, which is an environmental group dedicated to protecting the redwoods and their inhabitants, says not to worry.

Reporters and photographers got approval to hike the Redwood Trail at Big Basin Redwoods State Park on Monday (Aug. 24) and they confirmed that the ancient redwoods made it through the fire.

Many of Big Basin Redwoods State Park’s coast redwood trees, which have come to symbolize California’s grandeur and…

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“It will regrow. Every old growth redwood I’ve ever seen, in Big Basin and other parks, has fire scars on them. They’ve been through multiple fires, possibly worse than this,”  McLendon said, according to NBC News.

Fortunately, the redwoods survived the fire because they are not something we can quickly build back in our lifetime. However, the historic park headquarters, amphitheater, many small buildings, and campground infrastructure was not so lucky. It was either heavily damaged by the flames or completely burnt to the ground.

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Posted by Sempervirens Fund on Tuesday, August 25, 2020

The park is currently closed due to the wildfires and officials are working to rebuild it so they reopen as soon as possible. Big Basin Redwoods State Park first opened in 1902 and receives about 250,000 visitors a year. They are hoping this is the last of these major wildfires.