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Put on your thinking cap and give Redwood-Ed your answers to the following two questions:


1. Name the oldest California State Park

                      2. Name the first California State Park


These two questions together don’t seem to make sense, do they? How can the oldest State Park and the first State Park not be the same State Park? This may seem to be a trick question, but no, they aren’t the same park and both contain redwood trees. Confused? That’s OK. Try using your deductive thinking skills to come up with the answers to these two questions. Give it your best effort, then if you can’t come up with what you think to be the correct answers, you can scroll down to the correct answers below:

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Big Basin Redwoods State Park is California's ‘oldest’ State Park. Established in 1902, its original 3,800 acres (15 km2) have been increased over the years to over 18,000 acres (73 km2). Big Basin is home to the largest continuous stand of ancient Coastal Redwoods south of San Francisco.



Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove were California’s ‘first‘ State Park, after being ceded to California in 1872 from the Yosemite Grant created by the US Congress in 1864. John Muir and his Sierra Club lobbied the federal government and influential people for creation of a unified ‘Yosemite National Park’. In 1906, president Teddy Roosevelt signed a bill that did precisely that.

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An old-growth redwood dwarfs younger redwood growth in California’s ‘Bear Creek Watershed’ on the northwest side of Bear Creek Ridge. Peavine Ridge sits in the distance in ‘Rockefeller Forest’, the world’s largest continuous old-growth redwood forest, measuring more than 10,000 acres.

Photograph by Michael Nichols

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