Digital Painting Dedicated To Humboldt Redwoods' Mahan Grove

September 16, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

Glenn Franco Simmons' digital art showing Mahan Grove in Humboldt Redwoods State Park.Mahan GroveThe Mahan Grove is often referred to as the Mahan Plaque, which includes part of the general area of Founders' Grove in Humboldt Redwoods State Park in Humboldt County, Calif. The Mahan Grove is often referred to as the Mahan Plaque, which includes part of the general area of Founders’ Grove in Humboldt Redwoods State Park in Humboldt County, Calif.

It was named after Laura and James Mahan.

There is a trail through a redwood grove that is fully carpeted with sword and other ferns and redwood sorrel. It is a heavenly little place. 

Loggers came very close to clearing these trees. You can see evidence of logging on the hill above the grow ~ less so as the trees on the hill continue to grow, as they are protected from logging, although some clearing of underbrush must be done to reduce fire risk in this area. That's a personal, non-fire professional experience.

“Laura and James Mahan were environmental activists who played a significant role in preserving the redwoods, which are the majestic and ancient trees found primarily on the Pacific Coast of the United States,” according to AI-Pro. “They dedicated their lives to advocating for the conservation of these trees and raising awareness about their importance.

“The Mahans were instrumental in establishing the Mahan Grove, a grove of old-growth redwoods protected from logging activities. They worked tirelessly to protect these trees and educate the public about the vital role they play in our ecosystems. Through their advocacy efforts, they were able to secure funding and support from various organizations and individuals who shared their passion for preserving the redwood forests.

“They celebrated for their contributions to environmental conservation, particularly in their efforts to save the redwoods,” AI-Pro continued. “Their dedication, activism and leadership serve as an inspiration to others who continue to work towards the preservation of these magnificent trees and the amazing habitats they provide.”

Founders’ Grove is a popular tourist destination that is worth stopping at. It is where some of the redwood scenes were filmed in “Return of the Jedi” in the scenes were racing their contraptions through the redwoods in a chase.

My daughter Sarah and I watched the filming for several days.

The grove is worth a stop and is accessible for most capabilities, which makes it exceptionally nice for families with young children or elders who may have varying degrees of mobility.

“Founders’ Grove was created to honor and recognize the founders of Save the Redwoods League, an influential organization dedicated to the protection and conservation of redwood forests,” according to AI-Pro. “Save the Redwoods League was established in 1918 by a group of pioneering individuals who recognized the need to protect these ancient and majestic trees from industrial logging.

“Over the years, the league acquired various parcels of land, including the area that now encompasses Founders’ Grove. Through their efforts, they helped safeguard large portions of the redwood forests and ensure their preservation for future generations to enjoy.”

The grove is certainly an example of perseverance in the face of an imposing industrial monolith that was the North Coast’s redwood lumber industry at one time.

“It stands as a testament to the vision and dedication of the founders of Save the Redwoods League,” AI-Pro noted. “It showcases some of the most impressive and awe-inspiring redwood trees in Humboldt Redwoods State Park, allowing visitors to experience the magnificence of these ancient giants firsthand.”


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