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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.
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. What, then, might the future hold for Coast Redwoods?
 
Location. 37° 53.75′ N, 122° 34.517′ W. Marker is
Redwoods and Their Relatives Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, March 26, 2006
2. Redwoods and Their Relatives Marker
near Mill Valley, California, in Marin County. Marker can be reached from Muir Woods Road. Touch for map. Marker is located on the Muir Trail near Bridge #2 of the Muir Woods National Monument. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Muir Woods Road, Mill Valley CA 94941, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Preserving the Forest Primeval (approx. mile away); Fall in Muir Woods (approx. mile away); Reed's Mill (approx. 1.4 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); John Reed's Saw Mill (approx. 3.1 miles away); Historic Dedication of the Lagunitas Road Bridge (approx. 4.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mill Valley.
 
Categories. Horticulture & Forestry
 
Muir Woods main entrance image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, March 26, 2006
3. Muir Woods main entrance
Cathedral Grove image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, March 26, 2006
4. Cathedral Grove
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 9, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 3, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 72 times since then. 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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