Reblogged from rhamphotheca
We often use the phrase “old-growth forests” when we talk about the redwoods.
These forests in our parks, like the one shown, generally have a mix of old and young redwoods, a dense understory full of ferns and other plants, plus dead and downed trees that make great habitat for wildlife. All of these parts are needed for a healthy old-growth redwood forest.
While you’ll see patches of old growth in the parks, about 95% of these forests were logged in the last 150 years, making this type of forest rare indeed!
Photo Credit: J. Contois