By Julie Giyer
Kern Valley Sun
A vast grove of giant sequoias was once being targeted for building homes and a ski resort. A San Francisco conservation group called Save the Redwood League recently purchased the land of Alder Creek Grove to prevent the destruction of the trees. Their plan is to eventually turn it into a state park with hiking trails. The league raised $15.65 million to buy the 530 acres in Tulare County which includes the fifth oldest tree in the world; the 3,000-year-old Stagg Tree which is 34.7 feet in diameter.
After 20 years of negotiations and donations for this mission to be completed, it was finalized on December 31, 2019. Alder Creek is surrounded by the Sequoia National Forest and the Giant Sequoia National Monument containing 483 giant sequoia trees. It is the same size as the Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias in Yosemite National Park.
The Redwood League plans to spend $4.75 million on restoration work and ecosystem studies and a public access plan will be developed over the next five to ten years. When finished, the land will be conveyed to the U.S. Forest Service to be incorporated into the Giant Sequoia National Monument.