Progress So Far
Prior to the logging boom of the 1850s there was an estimated 2 million acres of old-growth redwood trees. Today there is roughly 118,000 acres of old-growth redwoods left, only 5-6 percent of the original size. That 5-6 percent of old-growth trees as well as new redwood forests needs to be protected.
Since 1978 there have been additions to the conservation effort. In 1980, Redwood National and State Parks were declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations and in 1983. Redwood National and State Parks were declared an International Biosphere Reserve.
The movement to save the Redwoods started in 1918 with the failure of the federal government to protect the redwoods, following the establishment of State parks, the Sierra Club and Citizens for a Redwood National Park, or CRNP, both of which Mrs. Lucille Vinyard was a part of, were simply continuing the earlier fight. As of today Redwood National and State Parks house almost 200,000 acres of redwood forests but the fight to continue to save the coastal redwoods continues as there are still several privately owned redwood groves.
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