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Most visitors know Redwood National and State Parks as home to the world's tallest trees—icons that inspire visions of mist-laden primeval forests bordering crystal-clear streams. But the parks also protect vast prairies, oak woodlands, and nearly 40 miles of wild coastline, all of which support a rich mosaic of wildlife diversity and cultural traditions. Indeed, more than parks, Redwood is also designated a World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve. Join park rangers from the National Park Service and California State Parks as we explore this special place.

Redwood Ranger Minute Redwood National and State Parks

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Most visitors know Redwood National and State Parks as home to the world's tallest trees—icons that inspire visions of mist-laden primeval forests bordering crystal-clear streams. But the parks also protect vast prairies, oak woodlands, and nearly 40 miles of wild coastline, all of which support a rich mosaic of wildlife diversity and cultural traditions. Indeed, more than parks, Redwood is also designated a World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve. Join park rangers from the National Park Service and California State Parks as we explore this special place.

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    Barn Swallows

    Barn Swallows

    Park Ranger Liam explains why barn swallows are especially important visitors to the parks--and just about everywhere else they're found. You should thank them (i.e., the barn swallows)!

    • 1 min
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    Banana Slugs

    Banana Slugs

    Park Ranger Carey shares some of the more fascinating characteristics of her favorite animal in the parks—the often-maligned and under-appreciated banana slug (Ariolimax columbianus). You're gonna love 'em (but don't lick 'em—trust us...)!

    • 1 min
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    Fog in the Redwoods

    Fog in the Redwoods

    Park Ranger Liam explains why fog is critical to redwoods' survival during summer, and how changing fog patterns could affect redwood forests of the future.

    • 2 min
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    Restoring a Healthy Watershed

    Restoring a Healthy Watershed

    Park Ranger Anica discusses efforts to restore the Mill Creek watershed in Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park (part of Redwood National and State Parks)—a vital stronghold for threatened Pacific salmon.

    • 2 min
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    Roosevelt Elk

    Roosevelt Elk

    Park Ranger Shaina discuss the largest land mammals in the parks (and largest subspecies of North American elk), Roosevelt elk. Lean about elk reproductive behavior, where to see 'em, and how to observe safely.

    • 1 min
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    Redwood Needles

    Redwood Needles

    Park Ranger Liam describes the differences between the upper and lower needles on a single coast redwood. These trees are so tall, it's like two ecosystems on a single plant!

    • 59 sec

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