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Near Mill Valley in Marin County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Redwoods and Their Relatives

 
 
Redwoods and Their Relatives Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry Gertner, March 26, 2006
1. Redwoods and Their Relatives Marker
Inscription.   The Coast Redwood belongs to the plant family Taxodiaceae, which also included fourteen other species. Members of the Taxodiaceae family are conifers that generally have soft wood, long, straight trunks, round cones, and narrow, needle-like leaves. The Giant Sequoia (right) and the Dawn Redwood (far left) are the most closely related to the Coast Redwood.

Over forty species of Taxodiaceae once thrived in a warmer, wetter climate than the one that prevails today. Now there are fifteen “relic” species remaining, mostly around the Pacific Rim (see map). Many have been given misleading common names – fir, cedar, pine – because of their similarity to these other conifer families.

Some of these trees are now quite rare, and may become even more so. Climate change, which was a significant factor in the reduction of the area where redwood can grow, is a continual process. It is probable that today human activity plays a role in the current rapid progress of global warming. Scientists estimate that a three to four degree increase in global temperatures could eliminate the cool, moist coastal zone in California.
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What, then, might the future hold for Coast Redwoods?
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Horticulture & Forestry.
 
Location. 37° 53.75′ N, 122° 34.517′ W. Marker is near Mill Valley, California, in Marin County. Marker can be reached from Muir Woods Road. Marker is located on the Muir Trail near Bridge #2 of the Muir Woods National Monument. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Muir Woods Road, Mill Valley CA 94941, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. United Nations Conference on International Organization (approx. 0.2 miles away); Preserving the Forest Primeval (approx. ¼ mile away); Fall in Muir Woods (approx. ¼ mile away); Reed's Mill (approx. 1.4 miles away); Old Mill Market Hikers' Trail Map (approx. 1.6 miles away); Mill Valley Railroad Depot (approx. 1.6 miles away); Outdoor Art Club (approx. 1.7 miles away); Grist Mill Stones (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mill Valley.
 
Also see . . .
1. Sequoioideae. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on April 13, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 

2. Muir Woods National Monument, California. NPS homepage. (Submitted on April 13, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
Redwoods and Their Relatives Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry Gertner, March 26, 2006
2. Redwoods and Their Relatives Marker
Muir Woods main entrance image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry Gertner, March 26, 2006
3. Muir Woods main entrance
Cathedral Grove image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry Gertner, March 26, 2006
4. Cathedral Grove
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 13, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 3, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 295 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on June 9, 2017.   2, 3, 4. submitted on June 3, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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