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Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods Receive Award


Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods Receive Award

By April Moran Reza, Outreach Coordinator

Like many of us, Evelyn Tilden Mohrhardt nurtured throughout her life a special love for the outdoors. As a young girl, she spent her summers amongst the redwood giants of Calaveras Big Trees and Big Basin State Park. The Evelyn Tilden Mohrhardt Fund was established not only to honor her unwavering love of the outdoors, but specifically with the purpose of investing in programs and organizations dedicated to the protection and preservation of redwood forests. 

This October, The San Francisco Foundation announced Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods as one of their honorable recipients of a $45,000 Mohrhardt Grant. This grant will allow Stewards to improve and enhance the protection of the old-growth redwood forest of Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve by repairing old and installing new symbolic fencing throughout the forest. Comprehensive fencing was last installed at Armstrong in 1997, decreasing the impacts of erosion, soil compaction, as well as any potential damage to the overall ecology and redwood understory caused by human activity. 

The restoration project will be taking place throughout the next year. Secondary outcomes from this project would be the fostering of a strong sense of stewardship in visitors, students and community members. People will witness to improvements taking place, recognizing the need to protect this sensitive and unique forest habitat. Stewards’ monthly volunteers will work alongside the State Park paid trail crew to install the floating hand split rail fencing, potentially inspiring others to take part in stewarding this park as well.

Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods would like to thank The San Francisco Foundation for supporting and funding this restoration project. We thank those from State Parks and the Stewards’ community who will be working in partnership to provide the hands on help, as it is vital to the completion of this work.  Lastly and most importantly, we thank Evelyn Tilden Mohrhardt who generously extended this opportunity to ensure that these natural spaces would be preserved for future generation to experience, enjoy, and be captivated by the wonder of these majestic redwoods, as she once was.