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Redwood Logging and Conservation in the Santa Cruz Mountains: A Split History

Posted by on August 4, 2014

Mountains of Santa Cruz 1875-1880 by Jules Tavernier

History Journal #7

The history of the Santa Cruz Mountain redwoods consists of many stories: stories that tell of the thousands of years these aged giants thrived as the Ohlone people managed the landscape; that tell of the settlers who came from afar and saw the seemingly endless forests as a source of profit; that tell of the far-sighted women and men who joined together to preserve groves of these ancient trees. The stories progress to the present day as the split interests of logging and conservation continue to collide.

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