Located at the northern edge of the species’ range, the Oregon Redwoods include a heritage tree that is 11- feet in diameter. Peavine Ridge is the only known location of Kellogg's Lily in Oregon and is home to other sensitive species such as Andrew's Bead Lily. The Kurabayashi's Wake Robin also calls the Oregon Redwoods home.
While most Coastal Redwoods are found in California, stands of the iconic species thrive in a single place in Oregon; the northernmost point of the Coastal Redwood Range. These Native Redwoods are in Southern Curry County, along the lower Chetco and Winchuck rivers, about 14 miles south of the California border.
The Rogue-Siskiyou National Forest manages most of the 48,000 acres containing Oregon’s known Redwoods, which grow among Douglas-fir and other conifers. The Federal Bureau of Land Management also oversees some Redwood stands in Oregon.
In Oregon, according to Forest Services estimates, approximately 14,000 acres of National Forest lands are home to Coastal Redwoods.
Oregon Redwoods once could be found on 20,000 acres in Southern Oregon, according to historical data. Records indicate logging substantially reduced that number.
The majority of Redwoods have been logged. Those remaining in California are generally protected by inclusion in strong, difficult to revoke, conservation designations on Federal, State and Regional levels; in parks and other natural areas.
The Oregon Redwoods also are worthy of such protection.
Currently, the Redwood trees in Oregon are in forests mostly managed under the Northwest Forest Plan.The current plan is crafted to limit logging in order to protect the Northern Spotted Owl, Marbled Murrelet and various stocks of Pacific Salmon. However, this type of plan is subject to change by politics, including the extent of logging, with Redwoods among the harvests.
With action by Congress or the President, protection of these Oregon Redwood trees, which are part of the Nation’s heritage as those in California, will receive the strongest protection possible.
Life Span – 1,800 + years
Height – 379+ feet Elevation – 98-2,460 feet Estimated Range – Before commercial logging 2,100,000 acres including coastal California and the southwestern corner of coastal Oregon Displacement – 70% of redwood trees have been logged
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