Redwoods, California

Completed: Built and Funded

Redwood Sky Walk

Redwood Sky Walk at Sequoia Park Zoo, Eureka, California

Height: 100 feet  |  Length: 1100 feet  |  Built: 2021 |  Project Design: Greenway Partners | Engineering Firm: Synergo

Threat/Opportunity:

  • Redwoods have been around for about 240 million years and in California for at least 20 million years. In the last 150 years, the impact of humans has reduced the number of these ancient trees to a mere 5% of their former number through clear-cut logging and development.
  • The local Coast Redwood tree can grow to 300 feet tall or more, yet its root
    system is only 6 to 12 feet deep. Redwoods need the support and protection of other tree species in the forest to grow tall – and in return, they provide plant and wildlife habitat and the strength to withstand powerful winds and floods by extending their roots more than 50 feet from the trunk and living in groves where their roots can intertwine.

Solution:

  • The sky walk is a series of connected elevated bridges that take visitors to the raised platforms, where they can see this old-growth redwood grove from a new perspective. (ADA -accessible)
  • Located within the Sequoia Park, a 67-acre grove in the city of Eureka and home to Redwood National Park where more than 45 percent of California’s remaining protected old-growth redwoods forests grow.
  • Redwood National Park is one of four neighboring state parks that together constitute an International Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site.

Results:

  • Opened to the public in June 2021
  • $4,000,000 project made possible through local lodging alliances, the Land and Water Conservation Fund, Outdoor Environmental Education Facilities, Habitat Conservation Grant, and local donations

Broader Impact/Next Steps:

  •  This will be the longest sky walk in the Western US.
  • Fund a sister walkway in another section of the old growth stand

California: a Biodiversity "Hot Spot"

Located within the Redwood National and State Parks (RNSP), the ancient and preserved Coast Redwood ecosystem contains some of the planet’s most majestic forests. These trees are not only some of the world’s tallest and oldest, but also the widest – sometimes reaching over 20 feet in diameter. The average lifespan of a Coastal Redwood is 600 years – with some surviving close to 2,000 years. Undisturbed old-growth forests like the Coastal Redwoods exhibit unique ecological features, and the crowns of these trees are so ecologically lavish that groves of smaller trees, hidden from the ground, can grow out of the soil that accumulates on the immense branches, creating a new, and mostly unexplored layer of life, within which exist species that are rare or absent elsewhere.

What is a "Hot Spot"?

A “Hot Spot” is a forest habitat of high biodiversity and critical environmental importance. Unfortunately, many of these ecosystems are threatened by habitat destruction, climate change, and other factors. MISSION GREEN believes that these areas could significantly benefit from a canopy walkway conservation program.

MISSION GREEN Global "Hot Spots"

Canopy Walkways and Walkway Prospect Locations

1. Amazonian Peru (1994)

2. Myakka River State Park, Florida (2000)

3. The Habitat Penang Hill, Malaysia (2017) – Built and Funded!

4. Sequoia Park Zoo, Eureka, California (2021) – Built and Funded!

5. Ranomafana State Park, Madagascar

6. Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique

7. Western Ghats, India

8. Royal Manas National Park, Bhutan

9. Baiyer River Rainforest Reserve, Papua New Guinea

10. TBD

11. TBD

12. TBD