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Redwood Forests

The redwood forests of Oregon and northern California are home to the tallest tree on earth. These enormous trees are truly a sight to behold. Although there is nothing quite like seeing these magnificent trees with your own two eyes, the live redwood rest cam aims to share this remarkable place with the world.

Redwood forests are ancient; some trees live to be over 2,000 years old. Redwood forests once covered nearly two million acres of land in the Pacific Northwest, but due to logging in the late 19th and early 20th century, a significant number of old-growth redwoods were lost.

Thanks to conservation efforts several parks, national and state forests were created in the mid-1900s to protect redwood forests, including the Jedidiah Smith Redwood State Park where our redwood forest live camera is located.

Redwood trees vs. Sequoia trees

Although giant redwood trees and sequoia trees are related and similar in appearance, they have a few minor differences. Sequoias grow mainly on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain range and require periods of dry heat to release their seeds. Redwoods grow near the ocean where coastal fog keeps the climate cool and moist.

Giant Redwoods generally grow taller than sequoias, reaching heights up to 370 feet. Sequoias, however, have larger diameters and have more volume than redwoods.

The Smith River

At 21 miles long, the Smith River is the longest major free-flowing river in California and runs directly through the Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park. About 700 square miles of land make up the watershed catchment for the Smith River. It is one of the few major rivers in California, and even the United States, that is not dammed, making it a very special river to conservationists and Native Americans. Salmon are the most important animal for Pacific Northwest Native American culture, history, religion and sustenance. Dams prevent salmon from spawning and therefore free-flowing rivers are of great importance to tribes in the northwest.

  • topic: redwoods

  • location: crescent city

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Live Redwood Forest Camera

Best Viewing Hours
7am - 6pm PT, and during live chat Q&A sessions

Learn More & Get Involved · Help Protect Redwoods
· Plant a Seedling
· Redwoods and Climate Change
· Forest Restoration
· Kids Learning Center
· Visit the Redwoods
Standing at the base of Earth's tallest tree and viewing the coast redwood is one of life's most humbling and amazing experiences. You are watching the Smith River as it flows through world-renowned Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. Keep an eye out for river otters and bald eagles. You may see anglers and kayakers, too. Though people rarely see them among the redwoods, you may hear marbled murrelets (an endangered seabird that nests only in ancient branches) in the early morning. Save the Redwoods League staff and scientists will occasionally be available on the comment forum to answer your questions live and elaborate on what we are seeing.

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location: Crescent City, CA

best hours: 6:30am - 7:30pm

time zone: Pacific Time

links: Help Protect Redwoods
Redwoods and Climate Change
Forest Restoration
Kids Learning Center

Redwood Forests

The redwood forests of Oregon and northern California are home to the tallest tree on earth. These enormous trees are truly a sight to behold. Although there is nothing quite like seeing these magnificent trees with your own two eyes, the live redwood rest cam aims to share this remarkable place with the world.

Redwood forests are ancient; some trees live to be over 2,000 years old. Redwood forests once covered nearly two million acres of land in the Pacific Northwest, but due to logging in the late 19th and early 20th century, a significant number of old-growth redwoods were lost.

Thanks to conservation efforts several parks, national and state forests were created in the mid-1900s to protect redwood forests, including the Jedidiah Smith Redwood State Park where our redwood forest live camera is located.

Redwood trees vs. Sequoia trees

Although giant redwood trees and sequoia trees are related and similar in appearance, they have a few minor differences. Sequoias grow mainly on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain range and require periods of dry heat to release their seeds. Redwoods grow near the ocean where coastal fog keeps the climate cool and moist.

Giant Redwoods generally grow taller than sequoias, reaching heights up to 370 feet. Sequoias, however, have larger diameters and have more volume than redwoods.

The Smith River

At 21 miles long, the Smith River is the longest major free-flowing river in California and runs directly through the Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park. About 700 square miles of land make up the watershed catchment for the Smith River. It is one of the few major rivers in California, and even the United States, that is not dammed, making it a very special river to conservationists and Native Americans. Salmon are the most important animal for Pacific Northwest Native American culture, history, religion and sustenance. Dams prevent salmon from spawning and therefore free-flowing rivers are of great importance to tribes in the northwest.

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