The Auto Tree, last charred during the California gold rush, shows our remarkably resilient oldest state park.

On May 1st, California State Parks staff hosted thirty volunteer workers at Big Basin; the first group since the 2020 CZU fire. What a privilege to experience the State’s accomplishments first hand. Twenty eight thousand trees have been removed while almost all of the old growth redwoods have survived. Inside the famous Auto Tree on my right is Head ranger Scott Sipes and on my left Ranger James Weber.

Photos: Bill Rhoades