The Redwood region currently totals approximately 2.2 million acres. These acres are contained in a mix of industrial forest lands, non-industrial forest lands, parks, reserves and conservation lands.
- 1,050,000 acres in Private Forest Lands (>2,500 acres)
- 780,000 acres Non-industrial Forest Lands
- 336,000 acres Parks, Reserves, Conservation Lands
- 48,000 acres Jackson State Demonstration Forest
For more information on a variety of topics and viewpoints about the redwood forests, visit the following web sites:
- California State Parks
- CERES: California Forests
- About.com: Forestry
- California State Parks: Big Basin Redwoods SP
- Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve
- California Redwood Association
- California Licensed Foresters Association (CLFA
- California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)
- California Forestry Association
- GORP: Redwood National Park
- Virtual Library: Forestry
- ParkNet: The Redwood Tree
- Save the Redwoods League
- Sempervirens Fund
- Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC)
Coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) grows in the summer fog belt that stretches from central California north to the Oregon border. Its height ranges from 30 to 112 m (100 to 367 ft): one specimen has been measured at 97 meters (at least 318 ft); the diameter of the trunk measures up to 7.5 m (25 ft). The life span of the coast redwood is believed to be 2,500 years. Coast Redwood has the ability to sprout from the root-crown following death of the main stem. It is tolerant of flooding and its bark is resistant to fire.
The habitat of the coast redwood is a climate where rainfall is typically around 60 inches per year. Eighty percent of this rainfall occurs during the six months between November 1 and April 30. Topography varies from sea level to about 3,000 feet, and is marked by steep, narrow canyons. The slopes on which coast redwood grows commonly rise 50 to 70 feet or more per 100 feet. Soils of the redwood region have mostly been formed on sandstones and shales, and to a lesser extent on slate, chert, limestone and schist.