Redwood Park is a historic park starting on the Californian coast and going up to the Washington Coast. It is an ecosystem that consists of large redwood trees, some of the biggest in the world. The forest was deemed a world heritage site it 1920. Along with the trees, the park preserves various kinds of fauna, and rivers, and flora. The history and natural beauty of this park has brought much tourism to this once endangered tree.
The areas that would become the Redwood Park were inhabited by a peaceful Indian tribe, in the gold rush of the 1850s brought many hopeful minors to the land effectively clearing it of any native Indians. No gold was ever found in the Redwood’s Forest so the minors became loggers, profiting off of the Redwood’s abundance of lumber. Pretty soon the Redwood’s tree population had decreased rapidly, In an attempt to preserve these amazing trees the redwood forest was deemed a park in 1920, even though it was a park logging did not completely stop until 1968, by which point ninety percent of the original forest had been logged.
A big help to the preservation of the redwood forest came from a governmental response to public opinion. The public wanted to preserve the remaining Redwood forest that was home to Brown Pelican, Tidewater Goby, Chinook Salmon, Northern Spotted Owl, and Steller’s Sea Lion. Tourism in the region increased as more and more Americans travelled to experience the awe-inspiring forest with their own eyes.
Another big addition that added to the tourism of the park was the movie Star Wars. That’s right Star Wars; episode six was filmed in the redwood park. George Lucas and his crew walked through the forest at normal speed filming what was in front of them, and then sped it up to create the speeder scene that we all know and love today.
Today the Redwood park is doing better than ever with tourism at an all high, and no lumbering taking place. People come to the park for a variety of reasons. Some come to see the remnants of the Native Americans and minors who once lived there, others come to see the old trails from their favorite movie, and some come to see the beautiful animals and plants who call this place home. Whatever they reasons may be for coming to the park, everyone who comes to the park leaves with an unforgettable love of the Redwoods that are here to stay.