The former log deck of the California Redwood Company located just north of Orick, once covered with stacks of huge old-growth redwood logs, was filled on Sunday with the vehicles of visitors arriving for the 2016 National Park Service’s Centennial Celebration in the Redwoods.
Activities included horseback riding, hiking to the nearby Centennial Tree, storytelling, eating the submissions in the redwood forest cake contest, enjoying live music, participating in Junior Ranger activities and exploring a wide mix of exhibits and food vendors.
John Muir’s great-grandson Michael Muir
, of Napa, spoke at the Centennial event along with Sam Hodder of Save the Redwoods League and Congressman Jared Huffman. The Save the Redwoods League recently announced a plan to build a new visitor center on the former site of California Redwood Company.
The 100th birthday of the N.P.S. was celebrated even though Yellowstone National Park and others were created decades earlier. Stephen Prokop, superintendent of Redwood National Park, attributed the vision of national park system to Stephen Mather and the Scottish-American conservationist John Muir.
Redwood National Park was formed in 1968 and expanded in 1978. Prokop described the cooperative management of the Redwood National and State Parks with local Native American tribes, including the Yurok, Tolowa-Dee-Ni, and Elk Valley Rancheria.