Redwoods topic of meeting

Join BlackHawk Sierra Club for a tour of the Redwood National Forest and a discussion of the dangers threatening the world’s tallest and most magnificent trees.

Redwood National Park and State Parks are home to some of the world’s

tallest trees; old-growth coast redwoods. They can live to be 2,000 years old and grow to 300 feet. Threatened by logging, urban sprawl and global warming, the coast redwood, Sequoia sempervivums, is found in a narrow band of Northern California coast from Big Sur in the south to Redwood National Forest and State Park near the Oregon border. Only 85,000 acres of the original 2 million acres of redwood forest remain today, about 4 percent of its original range.

At 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 23, Rich Muniz, Blackhawk Sierra Club newsletter editor and Rockford elementary school teacher, will present a slideshow of his recent visit to the Redwood National Forest and lead a discussion about the environmental threats to redwood forests as well as the current federal policies affecting the coast redwoods.

The free program will be held at Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockford, 4848 Turner St., Rockford.

From the Jan. 18-24, 2006, issue

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