California’s iconic redwood forests were largely devastated by rampant logging in the 19th and 20th centuries. Thankfully, many individuals and organizations have fought hard to save our remaining old growth forests and make them accessible to all of us. The largest contiguous redwood forest in the world is in Humboldt Redwoods State Park along the Eel River. A massive fire swept through portions of the park in 2003. Although the forest has largely recovered, a popular riverside trail has had to be rebuilt and gradually reopened to the public. Save the Redwoods League and the Garden Club of America have provided financial and other support, and under the guidance of California State Parks, volunteers with the Student Conservation Association have done much of the hard work to rebuild the River Trail.