The Future of Humboldt County’s Giant Redwoods

2 girl hikers in white shirts and jeans overshadowed by grove of huge redwood treesAt The Redwood Riverwalk Hotel, we take special pride in our friends and neighbors, the giant redwoods, so much so that we incorporated “redwood” into our name. The average lifespan of a giant redwood tree is between 500-700 years old, with some old growth trees exceeding 2,000 years of age! So, it’s entirely appropriate to wonder what factors might negatively impact these magnificent giants, particularly economic (supply and demand) and environmental (climate change). The future of Humboldt County’s giant redwoods is vital, to say the least.

Mitigating Factors

According to a 2018 Washington Post article, the redwood forests’ population has been dwindling since the early 1900’s due to several prime factors:

  1. The advent of modern railway systems, which accelerated delivery speed of lumber supplies.
  2. Demand for redwood. Its wood is highly valued by builders and furniture makers due to its unique color and quality.
  3. Environmental. Changing weather patterns increases risk to the trees, including high winds, and diminishing fog which redwoods rely on for moisture. Of the redwoods that existed prior to 1849, only 5 percent are still alive.

Redwoods: The “Superman” of Trees

Despite all the challenges listed above, the redwoods’ best chance for survival just might be found within their own DNA. In July of 2019, a study published by Science Magazine indicates that planting more trees in general can help slow climate change. The type of tree planted is vital to the success and effectiveness of this solution, and redwoods, by virtue of their DNA and structure, are extremely important in this regard. Redwood trees can absorb more carbon dioxide in our atmosphere than any other species. In other words, the giant redwoods are nature’s super carbon-filtration system. Of the six tree species that can grow upwards of 300 feet (redwood, giant sequoia, Douglas fir, Sitka spruce, Australia’s mountain ash and the Tasmanian blue gum), the redwood trees outperform the rest when it comes to storing carbon simply because they live longer than most other trees. Nearly 2/3 of all the carbon gets stored in their heartwood, which outlives the trees by hundreds of years, and is extremely resistant to rot, unlike wood from tropical areas and other forests.

Redwood Riverwalk Hotel: It’s About Responsibility
Not only are we passionate about our redwoods, but we are also passionate about our role as stewards of the environment. We are Humboldt County’s TripAdvisor-certified GreenLeader Hotel. Our establishment engages in business practices that reduce our carbon footprint, from using 100% non-toxic cleaning products to recycling to supporting local businesses. You can say that we “walk the walk AND talk the talk”.

Your Redwood Adventure

Our team will help you plan a one-of-a-kind adventure experience so you can learn all about the present and future of Humboldt County’s giant redwoods. Pacific Outfitters Adventures offers guided hiking tours of Humboldt Redwoods State Park, along with a half-day EcoTour of the Avenue of the Giants. And the staff at The Redwood can make all the arrangements for your hiking adventures if you wish.

If you prefer to venture out on your own hiking, kayaking, or fishing excursion, The Redwood is the ideal headquarters from which to embark on your sojourn. We pride ourselves on being “guest-focused” and our vision of hospitality is “friends taking care of friends”. We can even pack a lunch for you and have it available at your departure, or when you return. You and your canine family members can rest, relax and enjoy your Pacific Northwest vacation which also includes our complimentary Lumberjack Breakfast daily. Book direct by calling 707-725-5500 or online.

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