The 1850s brought commercial logging operations into the old growth forests and, unfortunately, more than 70% of the redwood trees were cut down.
One of the oldest Coastal Redwood trees was over 2,200 years old.
Thanks to the tireless, selfless, and historic efforts of organization like "Save the Redwoods League," some of these redwood forests are being protected and restored.
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The California COASTAL REDWOODS (Sequoia Sempervirens) are the tallest trees on Earth. Numerous historical records identify trees that were over 400 feet tall and there are still some living trees over 370 feet tall. I still remember the first time I walked among the Coastal Redwoods back in 1977. Huge clusters of redwood trees towered high above the forest floor and made me feel very small and insignificant. The trees were so old. They are the only living species of the ancient genus Sequoia and can live more than 1,800 years. Evidence of the redwoods were found in Jurassic fossils dating over 150 million years ago.