Kite Flying on California Beach

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Campers set up along the coastal highway in an unofficial site near the freshwater lagoon in California.  Redwoods National Parks has no camping facilities and would like to take over the state parks to make the group of parks a destination.   Redwoods National Park was established in 1968 to preserve coastal redwoods, the earth's tallest living tree.  In early geologic times, these trees were widely spread across North America.   When the park was established, it was estimated that within 20 to 30 years, all redwoods would be gone because of current logging practices.  Today, the last redwoods are found only in a narrow band along the moisture-rich northern coast of California.  The park was the most expensive costing $1.8 billion with $33 million for rehabilitation of the watershed of Redwood Creek.  Redwoods are remnants of the age of dinosaurs--some have been growing a thousand years or more.  Measuring more than 200 feet high (occasionally  more than 300), the trunks are 15-20 feet in diameter (specimens up to 25 feet.)  Of the park's 106,000 acres, about 40,000 are considered "old growth" with trees 400 years and older.
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