Above: Thanksgiving week, 2022.
Right: May, 2022.
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
Oh so exciting to see the park on its way to recovery! ❤️
What a special treat to get a glimpse of the Big Basin giant, post fires. For me, someone who still needs to visit Big Basin in person, the park holds a place of mystery in my mind. I’m very optimistic and excited for its future!
Thank you sharing these incredible photos and thoughtful post, Traci! That photo of the Auto Tree especially — wow! The resilience of the community of trees and their brethren offers much-welcome inspiration and hope for all of us.