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WHY THE REDWOODS ARE REMARKABLE

Imagine waking up and walking out of your tent into the middle of a Redwood grove.  Imagine doing yoga in the shade of these massive beauties and looking up from your yoga mat at the blue sky peaking through the highest leaves of these giants.  Imagine listening to an acoustic set and having the sound reverberate off of the massive red trunks that surround you.  This is the setting of Northern Nights Music Festival every year and since we are so moved by being amongst these red giants, we figured we’d share the love with you with some reasons why they are so incredible!

 

1.  Coast Redwoods can only be found in one place on earth.  

Right here.  Yep, they can only be found along the Pacific Coast, spanning from Big Sur to Southern Oregon.  And what’s smack in the middle of that?  You guessed it!  The home of Northern Nights!

Their cousins:  The Giant Sequoias grow only in a strip of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains and are actually shorter (but heftier) than our Redwoods.  The “Dawn Redwoods”, a small group of meta Sequoia, only grow in a remote area of Central China and are one-third the size of our Redwoods.

2. Redwoods create their own precipitation!  

Redwoods require an incredible amount of water to be able to survive and it’s very difficult to transport groundwater all the way up to their highest leaves.   So what do they do?   They create their own rain!   Thanks to their specially shaped leaves, they take up to 45% of their water right out of the air from coastal fog.  The remaining fog then drips down to nourish the roots.  However, with Northern California no longer in a drought, it looks like the Redwoods won’t have to fight so hard anymore for that precious water.

3.  Redwoods are survivalists when it comes to earthquakes.  

You would think that since many of these trees live in earthquake central, that they would have a hard time surviving the shifts of the earth.  However, they have learned a survival technique.  When the earth shifts, causing the trees to lean, they are able to accelerate their growth on their downhill sides, creating reinforcement on their weaker sides and preventing further lean.

4. Redwoods trees are much much older than we are.  

Humans have only been on this earth for 200,000 years.  But the Redwoods?  They have been around for 20 million years.  And not only that, but their relatives date back to the Jurassic Era – 160 million years ago.  A single Redwood can reach up to 2,000 years of age, regularly reaching 600 years, and can grow up to 300 feet tall.  In fact, they can grow their first 100 feet within their first 50 years.  Makes you suddenly feel much smaller, doesn’t it?

5.  The Coast Redwood tree has another name with a very cool meaning. 

It has an official Latin name – sequoia sempervirens.  The tree got its name from the Cherokee scholar Sequoya who was the inventor of the Cherokee alphabet.  And sempervirens?  It means “always green”.

 

See you in the Redwoods in July!

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