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Muir Woods National Monument

Muir Woods National Monument

Muir Woods National Monument is a unit of the National Park Service on the Pacific coast of south western Marin County, California, It is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and 12 miles (19 km) north of San Francisco and part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. It protects 554 acres (224 ha),of which 240 acres (97 ha) are old growth Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) forests, one of a few such stands remaining in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Muir Woods National Park Service
Muir Woods National Monument
California Muir Woods National Monument
The Muir Woods National Monument is an old-growth coastal redwood forest. Due to its proximity to the Pacific Ocean, the forest is regularly shrouded in a coastal marine layer fog, contributing to a wet environment that encourages vigorous plant growth. The fog is also vital for the growth of the redwoods as they use moisture from the fog during droughty seasons, in particular the dry summer.
Muir Woods redwood Sequoia sempervirens
Redwood and sequoia trees
Sequoia sempervirens
SFO Muir Woods Forest
SFO Muir Woods National Monument
One hundred and fifty million years ago ancestors of redwood and sequoia trees grew throughout the United States. Today, the Sequoia sempervirens can be found only in a narrow, cool coastal belt from Monterey, California, in the south to Oregon in the north.
SFO redwood and sequoia trees
SFO Redwood forest
To find the Age of the Tree
Tree for the Ages
The main attraction of Muir Woods are the coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) trees. They are known for their height, and are related to the giant sequoia of the Sierra Nevada. While redwoods can grow to nearly 380 feet (115 m), the tallest tree in the Muir Woods is 258 feet (79 m). The trees come from a seed no bigger than that of a tomato. Most of the redwoods in the monument are between 500 and 800 years old. The oldest is at least 1,200 years old.

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