Hidden Cameras in the Grove of Titans and the Park
In 2015, seven motion sensor cameras were installed in the Grove of Titans by someone from Humboldt State University, to monitor human activity. In one way that may seem redundant because wear and tear and number of visitors was obvious. That was already known from local people sharing at local night-spots about their Grove of Titans visits.
I don't recall any signs informing hikers about active cameras. There were over 20,000 images recording any person or activity. If anyone was taking photos, resting, walking, picking their nose, taking a leak or doing the "wild mambo" as Stallone phrased it in Demolition Man - they were memorialized. Cameras were also placed near the Hyperion redwood in Redwood National Park. Possible areas for surveillance include any tallest coast redwoods or new discoveries. So be more careful when nature calls.
Hidden cameras in the park are possible at any time. Cameras are so affordable, expect individuals to hide a few without permits around certain other coast redwoods. A half dozen motion cameras cost but a few hundred dollars.
Grove of Titans' other Redwoods
For a brief time around August 2016, I added a couple extra coast redwood photos to this page of Vesuvius and Ruthor Gulch Beast. They are upland redwoods where most people never go, but I removed the images because someone working with the parks was worried about lookers wandering farther up the valley to find those, or a few others. In the same way author Preston didn't mention Yin or Yang of Prairie Creek, he didn't see or mention everything around the Grove of Titans.
Image: explorers (Atkins & Sillett) return to Ruthlor Gulch where Taylor & Sillett passed in 1998 on the Day of Discovery. 10 years passed since any among the discovery network went this far back into the upland forest.
My thoughts about future trails and boardwalks
To anybody ready to donate $10,000.00 to $1,000,000.00 ... it may be a good idea to ask for a final plan before giving your money. If you want to know more about my professional opinion, feel free to call some evening and ask. I can chat for a while without charging. I have provided professional drainage, soil and tree consultation for over 35 years, with experience at multiple parks, golf course and university campuses. I'm sure I can spare 10 minutes of my time. Especially if you plan to share and give a few thousand dollars to the parks.
When I heard about the $1,000,000.00 price ceiling for Grove of Titans, I thought Holy-Cow! - Red tape set aside, if this was protected private land, wonders could be done for $250K. But it was also a shock to hear rangers must bring an archaeologist for something like a single sign post.
In Grove of Titans, social trails where vegetation is already trampled may be the better choice for future trails. Much may not need rails or boardwalks. The earth is already compacted. Hopefully they don't add any of the ugly synthetic fabric that keeps popping it's trashy head up on a few other trails.
These titans can drop gigantic chunks of wood like El Viejo del Norte did in 2008, or Godwood Creek Giant in 2010. This is why excess deck or boardwalk may become repair expense or money down the drain.
Here's another photo below, related to the Grove of Titans. A raft used by Fish & Game at the Grove of Titans. This was part of a fish study where several people were working. This fish study caused a new social trail in the midst of the Grove of Titans. This too is part of the entire discussion.
If you are planning to spend $5,000.00 or more, gather all the facts and information possible before signing your check and handing it over.