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What Happens When a Massive Redwood Tree Falls

Editor's note: This story was originally published in early 2017.

With winter storms buffeting the Bay Area, about 10 to 12 towering coast redwoods in Muir Woods National Monument toppled over two months during the winter of 2016-17, according to trail crew members in the Golden Gate National Parks.

“We’ve been responding to fallen trees a couple times per week, I’d say,” says Corbett Robinson, a trails maintenance supervisor with the National Park Service (NPS). “That’s been going on all winter—or at least when the heavy rains started.”

Wind, soil saturation and destabilization, the rerouting of Redwood Creek (which runs through Muir Woods), and fire are all suspects when trees topple in the national monument.

Some Douglas firs and California bay laurels certainly have succumbed to the stormy winter weather. But what happens when a coast redwood—the tallest living thing on the planet—comes crashing down?

“There’s often the distinct sound of cracking and crashing—and a redwood takes a long time to fall because the canyon is narrow,” says Mia Monroe, community liaison in Marin County for NPS. “If a tree falls, other trees catch it, and sometimes it breaks off other branches, and sometimes it skidders and scratches its way down the bark of other trees—and sometimes it takes other trees down. So it’s really a redwood symphony out there of creaks and groans, cracks and sharp thuds, and it’s very, very dramatic.”

After more than 35 years on the job, this awesome scene doesn’t unnerve Monroe. In fact, she considers it a privilege to experience a storm in the famous redwood grove.

“I can see why one of John Muir’s goals was to be in a forest during a winter storm, to hear the trees not only sway and creak, but also [to witness] branches and trees falling,” Monroe explains.

You can get a nine-second glimpse at the epic thuds a falling redwood makes on NPS' website.

How to Move a Redwood

Bearing witness to such a natural phenomenon is one thing—and dealing with the aftermath is another. When redwood trees fall over trails and park structures, the rough and tumble crew of the NPS trail team comes in.

Depending on the size of the tree, removing a fallen tree that’s obstructing a path can take 10 minutes—or multiple days. In early February 2017, it took a team of seven trail crew members more than three days to remove a particularly hefty redwood (typically, a removal only requires three to five trail crew members).

“It probably weighed around 16,000 pounds,” Robinson estimates, adding that the trunk was four to five feet in diameter.

According to Robinson, the crew’s primary objective is to cut the tree out of the trail so the pathway is passable again. In a perfect situation, trees would fall perpendicular to the trail, so that crew members can simply cut the obstructing section and “scooch” it out of the way by hand.

But then there are those circumstances presented by the 16,000-pound redwood. Because of its size and the way it fell parallel to the trail, this tree required a rigging system.

“It’s kind of similar to a winch on the front of a truck [you’d use] when it’s stuck in the mud,” Robinson explains. Instead of a truck, however, the crew uses a grip hoist to give them the leverage needed to move the tree—with their bare hands.

And despite the inherent danger of moving living monuments, Robinson and his crew love the work they do—and it shows.

“[I love] watching the Trail Crew respond, in a way that is so respectful to the trees and so respectful to that natural chaos,” says Monroe. “It’s really wonderful to watch how they’re responding and working with the forest to manipulate it as little as possible, while providing safety and offering new logs to the forest.”

Old Tree, New Life

The trail crew takes such care to preserve natural processes because the collapse of a redwood begins a remarkable regeneration of life.

“One thing I learned very early at Muir Woods is that what we often think of as a crisis in the forest is actually an amazing opportunity—either for additional light to reach the forest floor—or for trees to assume a new position as a log on the forest floor, [becoming] amazing time-release fertilizer as it slowly decomposes,” Monroe explains.

It can take centuries for a redwood to fully decompose, all while serving as a “condominium of life,” as Monroe puts it. The new window in the forest canopy admits all-nourishing sunlight for surrounding trees, and the fallen log opens new homes for wildlife (including lichen, insects, and more), expanding the forest food chain and bolstering biodiversity.

When a tree falls into a stream, like Redwood Creek, it also serves a key purpose in providing a safe habitat for aquatic species.


“It slows down the torrents of water that come down in a storm, and when it slows down the water, the gravel deposits—and that’s what the fish need to spawn,” Monroe says. “It also…forms quieter backwaters where fish and other critters can take refuge, and creates deep pools that baby fish need to grow in.”

So when visitors approach Monroe to express their sadness for the fallen redwood trees, Monroe reassures them that their new station—across the forest floor—is actually something to celebrate.

“They don’t really die,” Monroe explains. “That’s why I call it the circle of life—because they’re just taking a new position in life.”









Living with Redwoods

July 22, 2020

One of the questions I often get asked by my clients is, "Are my redwood trees hazardous?" This is a complicated question. If you ask 3 arborists you'll probably get 4 different answers.

Redwoods can shed whole tops, drop branches, break off of rotting stumps or in saturated soils even tip over. This is true of ALL trees but, Redwood trees by their nature of being very tall are often viewed as being higher risk trees in the urban environment.

This does not mean that all redwood trees are hazardous and it certainly does not mean that removal is the best course of action. What it means, is that redwoods in close proximity to targets ie. houses, parked cars, play grounds, power lines, etc. need to be managed to reduce risk. What makes managing trees in the urban environment so challenging and interesting, is that there is no one way to correctly prune a tree. There are however, some wrong ways to prune trees.

This is by no means a complete list of poor pruning practices, but these are the most common mistakes I see as a climber and operator of a tree service:

Bad Topping 25' off ground

What not to do

1. Tree topping Redwood trees grow really tall. So, naturally, cutting the top off will keep it short, right? Wrong! Redwood trees have evolved to send out new sprouts from the fresh cut or wound. These new shoots grow vigorously in full sun to the original height of the tree, but now the new top is growing on the edge of a wound, which can cause the top to peel out and fall. Wounds from large topping cuts can become a point of decay, which can cause hollows, sometimes deep into the trunk of the tree. Topped trees can often send out multiple new leaders, creating a "candelabra" or "codominant crown structure". Multiple leaders may compete for space, pushing against one another to cause future "crown failure". Almost any time a tree is topped, the tree will need continued pruning and management to correctly direct it's new growth. It's also been my observation that topped redwood trees can have their horizontal branches start to turn upwards to create new tops. In wildland environments I would say that the redwood is increasing in crown complexity and taking on old growth characteristics. In the urban environment I would say that this is a good example of the law of unintended consequences and a darn good reason why Certified Arborists take an oath to NOT TOP TREES!

2. Stripping Redwoods If you've driven around West Sonoma County you may have noticed redwoods that have all of their branches shaved off of one side, all the way to the top.

If you've driven around West Sonoma County you- may have noticed redwoods that have all of their branches shaved off of one side, all the way to the top.

This has been done to protect a utility under one side of the redwood trees. Again, the law of unintended consequences is at play. It has been my observation that redwoods that have been severely pruned in this way begin to take on a sweep or bend in the trunk to find a new balance point. Time will tell how damaging this pruning practice will be to the huge redwoods over our roads. I would strongly dissuade home owners from doing this to the redwoods in their own yards.

Pruning off too many lower branches in one session can cause a redwood to become top heavy and unbalanced. (Shutterstock)

3. "Raising the Skirt" Old Growth Redwood trees are known for their huge, cinnamon colored trunks extending for 200' or more before the first branch. What many people don't understand is that it takes hundreds of years for a redwood tree to grow to this "fine forest form". It may take thousands of years for the forest to reach a climax structure that supports this form and there may have been dozens of "disturbances" to the forest that led to this form. For example, fire burning off lower branches, strong winds breaking off branches, neighboring trees falling and breaking off lower branches, tops breaking out and stripping off lower branches etc.The process of a growing redwood tree stretching to the sky and shedding it's lower branches takes time. As the branches down low are lost, the function of photosynthesis is taken up elsewhere in the tree and the redwood builds new wood to balance itself with it's changing form.

Pruning off too many lower branches in one session can cause a redwood to become top heavy and unbalanced. Then there is the impact to the targets below the tree. Limbs shed from high in the redwood canopy can spear through roofs. The longer the branch travels uninterrupted through open air, the more it tends to turn butt end down and puncture whatever is underneath. Leaving even a few branches down low over the house can brake the fall of branches falling from higher in the tree. A redwood branch landing flat on a roof is less damaging than a branch that falls vertically through a roof.

"So if these are all things to avoid, what should I do to manage my redwoods?"

1. If you must prune your redwoods to open up light to your property, leave some live branches down low on the trunk to provide some measure of protection to houses or decks under the tree and to contribute to the tree's diameter growth.

2. Consider shortening especially long branches rather than pruning them back to the trunk. Redwoods can send out new sprouts at the ends of stubbed branches. Given a few years, redwoods that have had their branches cropped back can look indistinguishable from unpruned redwoods unless you look very carefully.

3. Hire a competent climber to only remove deadwood from the crown if there are no obvious problems with the tree.

4. Have forked tops thinned to one sturdy top. If both forks are unstable, cut back to strong wood and budget to have the new sprouts thinned in a couple years.

5. Hire a consulting arborist to look at your trees. Consulting arborists are trained to look at the root zone of the trees, take note of prevailing winds, soil compaction and many other considerations that a logger or climbing arborist might not think of.

6. For any tree to be hazardous there needs to be a "target" around to be damaged. By definition, if a tree is located away from structures, wires and people it cannot be hazardous.

Redwood trees are endemic to Northern California. They are the very reason some people live in our beautiful county. I find it heart-breaking to see large healthy redwoods, the ones that have the potential to be millennium trees, cut down due to fear or ignorance or greed. Redwoods are part of this county's identity and can be passed down through the generations with good stewardship. Let's work together to be sure that these rare forest giants are healthy and here for future generations.

Matt Banchero

CL# 913093


How to Find and Grow Redwood Trees - Guides and Game Reviews

Redwood can be crafted into hardwood, making it a very valuable resource.

Many trees can be planted throughout the world of Stardew Valley. Some of these types of trees, such as maple and oak, will naturally appear on your farm at the start of the game. Other trees, such as apple and cherry trees, need to be planted with seedlings, which are usually purchased from Pierre's General Store or JojaMart.

One tree that can be a little more difficult to plant is redwood. This tree was first introduced in the Ginger Island update and grows from redwood seeds. In this guide, we'll take a look at how to get these seeds and grow your own redwood. First, let's see what items can be obtained from redwood.


  1. What do mahogany trees produce?
  2. Where to find mahogany seeds
  3. Feed the trees around the grew red trees of the red tree
  4. Cutting of the Red Tree trees
  5. Chopping stumps
  6. Murder of the slugs in the Secret Forest
  7. hack the golden coconut
  8. where to buy seeds of red tree
mahogany trees?

If you cut down a mahogany, you get ten hardwoods . In addition, if you place a nozzle on a mahogany, it will be produce juice every day.

Hardwood can be hard to come by, so planting redwood around your farm is a challenge. great idea.

The rate of growth of the mahogany tree differs in five stages. Stage one is newly planted seeds and stage five is a fully grown tree that can be cut down for maximum yield.

Each night, the redwood will have a 15% chance to advance to the next growth stage. This is not very good, but with tree fertilizer you can increase this to 60 percent. In general, you want to use tree fertilizer.

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Where to Find Mahogany Seeds

There are five different ways to find Mahogany Seeds, so let's look at each one below.

Feed trees around mature redwood trees

Fully grown redwood trees will have the opportunity to spread their seeds to nearby areas. As you walk past the redwood, look around for partially buried seeds. Using an ax or a pickaxe will cause the seed to pop out of the ground, allowing you to collect it. Harvested mahogany seeds will be orange-yellow, oblong ; in general, they are very different from the seeds and seedlings of any other tree.

Cutting Redwood Trees

Cutting down a fully grown redwood tree can give a good chance of producing redwood seeds as well. This means that if you have redwood ready to cut, you don't need to look for additional seeds.

Chopping Stumps

via Bangafat/Steam

Stumps can be found on your farm or in the Hidden Forest. Chopping a stump will give you 2 hardwoods and a 10% chance to drop a mahogany seed . Every day you can cut down six large stumps in the Hidden Forest. These stumps are respawned by , which means that you can not only search for redwood seeds, but also collect a collection of hardwoods.

Killing Slugs in the Hidden Forest

While you're chopping stumps in the Hidden Forest, you'll also find an area occupied by a group of slugs. Slugs in this area have a 10% chance to drop Redwood Seed on kill. These slugs will also respawn in the Hidden Forest every day.

Hack Golden Coconut

Finally, you can find redwood seeds inside golden coconuts. This is a geode-like item that can be found on Ginger Island. To crack these coconuts, you need to take them to Clint and he will open one for 25g.

Golden Coconut 1/7 chance to find redwood seeds. Since golden coconuts are rare, this may not be the most efficient way to find mahogany seeds. In general, the best way to get seeds is to cut down stumps and existing redwood trees.

Where to Buy Mahogany Seeds

If you don't want to look for Mahogany Seeds, you can also buy them from the merchant on the island in exchange for one stingray.

Island Trader is a unique vendor on Ginger Island that you can trade with. This seller will be unavailable immediately after your arrival at Ginger Island .though. First you need to unlock the farmhouse on the island for 20 golden walnuts. After that, you can head to the area north of the starting beach and unlock the merchant for 10 golden walnuts.

Rays are a little hard to find. They can only be caught in the Pirate Bay area, which will also need to be unlocked. Overall, may be the best option for growing mahogany seeds instead of buying them.

Naturally spawning redwood trees

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The only place you can find natural redwood spawning trees is Ginger Island. When you first visit the island, you can find fully grown redwood trees in the area north of the starting beach, as well as next to the farmhouse to the west. These are normal redwood trees, yielding ten hardwoods. After grinding, you can plant more redwood trees.

This is all you need to know about mahogany trees. Hardwood is a very important resource needed for many farm buildings, machines and quests. If you want to purchase a lot of hardwood, be sure to plant some redwood trees on your farm!

How long does it take for a mahogany to grow Osrs?

How long does it take for a mahogany to grow Osrs? After planting a seedling on a patch of hardwood found on Fossil Island and waiting for it to fully grow, which takes 5120 minutes (85.3 hours), the plant will grow into a redwood that can be cut down to make redwood logs.

How long does it take for the Osrs tree to grow? When watered, the seedling will grow into a seedling in one crop cycle (0-5 minutes). By planting a sapling on a tree patch with a shovel in your inventory, you will receive 14 farming experience. After 200 minutes (3 hours 20 minutes) it will grow into an oak tree, which will give 467.5 farming experience.

Is mahogany worth it? Redwood is a tropical hardwood lumber that requires Lumberjack Level 50 to cut, granting 125 Lumberjack XP for each set of Redwood Logs earned. Redwood logs are of great value, and as a result, redwood trees are cut down as a profit.

Does redwood grow slowly? Mahogany, which takes up to 25 years to reach full maturity, loves the salty air and moist soil, as in southern coastal areas. Redwood is considered a fast growing tree.

Is farming good for Osrs?

Growing dirty snapdragons can be a very profitable way to spend a few minutes at a time. Magic pruners help to slightly increase profits by increasing yields by 10%. Typically 6-14 herbs produce good yields, but typically five to eight herbs per bed, so players can expect an average of 7. 5 herbs per bed.

Are mahogany houses profitable?

These crates are not meant to be used for profit, but simply to help reduce some building costs.

How many mahogany logs can you cut in an hour, Osrs?

Mahogany trees are relatively rare. A good place for cutting them is Monkey Atoll. Depending on the level, players can cut 300-400 redwood logs (102,900-137,200 coins) per hour.

Does celastrus bark grow back?

Unlike other trees grown on agricultural plots, which regenerate or produce more fruit, the celastrus tree does not grow bark, but remains in a "harvested" state. The fully harvested celastrus plant can then be cut down and cleared with a shovel, preparing the site for another tree to grow.

What is the fastest growing tree in the Philippines?

NIOG-NIOGAN (Ficus psuedopalma) This fast growing tree is found only in the Philippines.

Why is mahogany so expensive?

Mahogany is also expensive because of its quality and appearance. This is one of the most beautiful types of wood, it is strong, heavy and durable. There are countries that have restrictions on production and delivery, which are also included in the costs.

How long can a mahogany live?

At heights of up to 200 feet, the large-leaved redwood grows through the top of the rainforest. This majestic tree, which can live for over 350 years, is an integral part of the rainforest ecosystem and an important resource for local communities.

How often can Osrs fruit trees be harvested?

Mature fruit trees will bear fruits that players can collect. The fruit tree will continue to bear fruit over time unless it is cut down and the stump is dug up, with new fruit regenerating every 45 minutes.

Is it possible to pay farmers with marked items?

Players can pay farmers with marked items. This saves a lot of inventory space when doing farming work. Since most farming experience can be gained by checking the health of fully grown plants, farming skill leveling is most often done through "farm runs".

Are Ranarr seeds profitable?

Planting ranarr seeds can be profitable if the player takes precautions to minimize disease. It is highly recommended to use ultracompost (or an enhanced Fertile Soil spell) to help prevent diseases and increase the average yield to a level where a decent profit can be made.

Does supercompost increase yields?

Supercompost does not increase the yield of trees, fruit trees or bushes; therefore it is not recommended to supercompost these beds if you plan on paying a gardener to look after them, as there is no benefit other than the extra 26 experience gained.

What is the fastest way to make money in RuneScape?

Mining runes or pure essence allows you to easily and quickly earn money, for which you need to complete the Secrets of the Runes quest. If you are a member and have 66 Mages, you can mine Pure Essence from the Mages Guild. Don't forget to use Essence Pouches, which allow you to mine and carry more Essence per trip.

Is the plank bag worth it, Osrs?

A bag of planks can be useful in the Sacred Tomb to save inventory space. By the time you get your carpenter suit, you'll be at 90-level construction, so it's not worth training effectively.

How much XP per hour do redwood houses cost?

When using the Carpenter Suit, players can gain up to 240,000 experience per hour depending on their performance.

What can be done with Osrs mahogany planks?

Mahogany planks are used to make penguin bongos that can be played as a penguin. Make friends with my hand - 5 needed to make a mahogany coffin.

Is it possible to earn money by logging Osrs?

At level 90 in Woodcutting, you unlock Redwood, which can be found in the Woodcutting Guild. This is both super AFK, and decent money and XP per hour, which gives you about 70,000 XP per hour, and 8,000,000 profit from level 90-99 Woodcutting. You need 75% Favor of Hosidus in the Zea area to cut them.

How many logs do you need for 99 fellings?

192,771 logs are required to reach 99 woodcuts without a lumberjack outfit. Sulliuscep Mushroom Trees also provide a fast experience, but access requires completion of Bone Voyage and is not as AFK as the other methods.

What drops Dragon AX Osrs?

Dragon Ax can be obtained as a rare loot from Dagannoth Rex, Dagannoth Prime and Dagannoth Supreme in the Waterbirth Island Dungeon. It can also be found as a very rare reward from the Supply Crate, which can be obtained by earning at least 500 points while fighting Wintertodt.

What is the most profitable crop in the Philippines?

High value products. The leading crops by value per hectare are: Cavendish banana, mango, pineapple, onion and cabbage. Bananas and pineapples are export-oriented and require intensive management. Prices for the latter are relatively low, but productivity is high, and the global market is not as volatile.

Why is mahogany illegal?

Following the path of the ivory, in 2003 the redwood was listed under the Convention on Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) as a species in need of strict regulation to prevent its extinction.

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