Save the Redwoods, Digitally

Forget camping out high in a redwood or strapping yourself to a trunk; all tree huggers need now is a smart phone or a digital camera. San Francisco’s Save the Redwoods League announced Friday a new partnership with environmental social network iNaturalist.org that’s designed to allow citizens help scientists study redwoods around the world. While it won’t stop a bulldozer, the new endeavor, dubbed Redwood Watch, will provide valuable data to conservationists and climate scientists studying the gradual decline of redwood trees. Redwoods and their relatives once grew in forests throughout North America and beyond, but over the last 150 million years their range has shrunk to a mere 1.9 million acres along the California coast.

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