Last Sunday I visited the redwoods at Muir Woods, just north of San Francisco. Heaven on earth.

The coast redwood is the tallest species on earth. “Coast redwoods range from southern Oregon to central California, extending not more than fifty miles inland- only as far as the coastal climate has its influence. Fog plays a vital role in the survival of these trees, protecting them from the summer drought conditions typical of this area. They also need abundant winter rain and moderate year round temperatures. In ideal conditions a coast redwood can grow 2-3 feet in height annually, but when the trees are stressed from lack of moisture and sunlight they may grow as little as one inch per year.”

“When you enter a grove peopled with ancient trees, higher than the ordinary, and shutting out the sky with their thickly inter-twined branches, do not the stately shadows of the wood, the stillness of the place, and the awful gloom of this doomed cavern then strike you with the presence of a deity?”
― Seneca

“Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke “announced plans to increase “public–private partnerships”—code for privatizing the management of our national park system. The idea is both unpopular (huge majorities of Americans in virtually every demographic oppose privatization) and unwise (our national parks are a public good and therefore should be publicly managed).” – Natural Resources Defense Council

This is what’s commonly referred to as “socialize the costs, privatize the profits.” If you have an opinion on the wisdom of allowing the business to manage our national parks, here’s where to contact decision-makers.

Deep Water Horizon oil spill in 2010

15 thoughts on “Stewardship

  1. I agree with Seneca, redwood groves are sacred places. I love standing humbled at their roots. Sweet photo of the girl hugging the tree. You always capture great ‘human’ moments.
    Interesting experience when I clicked your link – I was allowed to leave a message for the WH (fat lot of good it’ll do), but the Senate link wouldn’t connect me as ‘a security risk was detected.’ Excuse me? They are now blocking citizens from contacting our representatives? Incredible. I’ll go direct, as I usually do.

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    1. I think calls from real people is the only thing that makes the swamp recoil. Look at Jason Chaffetz — he tried to open up public lands a while back, but the outcry stopped him. Now he’s out of Congress. And now they’re postponing their health bill. So thanks for your call! Each and every redwood thanks you!
      And yes me too — these are holy places.

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  2. Muir Woods was my first introduction to the Redwoods. I’ve always thought of it and the Redwoods park up north as a sacred place. We’re looking forward to our first vacation after the actual move next month just south of the new house to Redwood National & State Parks (Humbolt County).

    It’s pretty sickening what the current politicians are doing to our Commons. I don’t know how anyone who has ever entered these miraculous lands could wish to tear them up, but I suppose there’s those who don’t see past the dollar sign. We’re also working locally to try to protect the watersheds around us. We fought and won a battle to prevent a foreign company from strip mining above the creek from us. But THEY never give up, they’ll be back and the battle continues.

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    1. When we lived in SF back in the mid-80s, we visited the Redwood National park up at the top of CA. That was before we knew about Muir Woods, just a short hop from our home. It is a glorious, miraculous place.

      Perhaps you’ve hit upon a cost-effective way to encourage a sense of stewardship amongst the Congress-critters!!! Send them all on a junket to the Redwoods. Make them walk the paths in complete silence. Perhaps they’d come to their senses.

      Thanks for fighting the good fight, Gunta.

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