Impact to the Grove of Titans and Donations
Copyright 2016 - 2017 by Mario Vaden
The redwood below was discovered May 1998. To meet this grove after 2013 does not compare because after 2012 the pristine nature changed. What remains can strike visitors as iimpressive but somebody erased a unique opportunity future first-timers will never experience. This is the Grove of Titans, not one of the more recent New Discoveries
2016, the parks posted that 3300 squqare meters of plants were damaged. Patches are so worn, new visitors may think this is normal. Anyone who saw it before 2012 knows different. Continue after images ...
2010 ... pristine
2015 - plants gone and roots exposed
The loss of plants started around 2011 after a man from Medford located the Grove ot Titans and leaked the location. In 2015, a second anonymous "person" harvested and leaked more locations undermining parks and researchers again.
The second anonymous is unknown, although some attributes are known. It's 100% certain one of you saw them in the parks but they blended-in like an average visitor. Somebody will put 2 + 2 together someday and realize who they are. Ripples of activity denote it's someone who can't make an original discovery on their own, and see big redwoods more or less as just stats and collectibles ... intellectual deserts who deem groves as mere fast food joints of the forest. Furthermore, the leakers made some blunders and spread some errors online which can't be reversed now. That triggered quite a few wild goose chases by other gullible people who searched online for clues.
Early 2016, a reward fund was established related to wear and tear in Grove ot Titans. The fund grew to $1000.00. I talked to the head ranger and a scientist. Then donors agreed sending the money to the parks for the Grove of Titans and Jedediah Smith park. For signs, paths, etc..
In 2017, three news writers published articles about the grove and a plan for trail work. Due to that extra publicity, the parks will need the funds as soon as possible to contend with growing foot traffic. The articles revealed the parks are aiming for $1,000,000 to build trail and boardwalks. The $1000 we sent is a fraction. March 2017, the Redwood Parks Conservancy posted that $5000 extra was raised. Certainly the tally will grow. I wrote more about this at my Grove of Titans page and encourged potential givers and news writers to review this grove in more detail prior to signing their check setting their donation value.
Maybe a few of you would like to contribute. If so, call the parks for details.
Thank you for reading,
The sign below was placed several places in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park to notify visitors. The sign was first posted around July 2016. Another white sign without the state seal and a no hiking symbol was placed among trails. The white sign stated Grove of Titans unlike the one shown referring to a "study plot". Both were placed by Redwood National and State Parks to test the waters with information notifications. Lately new signs have replaced them that don't name the Grove of Titans but show the same photos to convey the damage that happened in the area.