Group seeks to preserve California timberlands

The Lost Coast Redwoods property near Rockport, California on Dec. 2, 2021.
Credit: Max Whittaker, courtesy of Save the Redwoods League.

A conservation group is gearing up to purchase a patch of Northern California timberlands to preserve the redwoods. Save the Redwoods League is working to raise $37 million to buy the historic DeVilbiss Ranch timberlands by the end of the year. Known as the Lost Coast Redwoods, the property is being sold by Soper Co., a family logging company that is leaving the industry. The property is home to northern spotted owls, marbled murrelets and Pacific fishers, as well as Roosevelt elk, deer and mountain lions. “This kind of purchase could have very good consequences for a lot of species that will seek out this terrain that humans can’t get to very easily,” said Michael Evenson, vice president of the Lost Coast League.

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