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A giant grove of Sequoia trees in California, known as Alder Creek, is in the process of being protected. With a purchase agreement from the non-profit group Save the Redwoods League, and the money they can raise to help, the largest remaining Sequoia area will be protected. The group announced the purchase intent of the 530 acre property in September 2019.

The land is known for its trees. Sequoia trees located on Alder Creek are ancient and enormous. Of the hundreds of trees on the land, 483 have a diameter of six feet or more. The fifth largest three in the world is located in the grove. Alder Creek is circled by the Giant Sequoia National Monument.

The purchase of the property depends on the organization coming up with the funding to complete the purchase. The sale was for $15.65 million to the Save the Redwoods League and was signed in a purchase agreement with the family that owns the property. The Rouch family has owned it since the 1940s. Save the Redwoods League is asking for donations to assist with the money for the sale.

Upon the sale completion, Save the Redwoods League plans to transfer ownership to the U.S. Forest Service. Because the area is private land, it’s never been exposed to public access. The type of stewardship and protection of a public land is a project for Save the Redwoods League.

Save the Redwoods is focused on the preservation of the area and the trees. “Giant sequoia — the world’s most massive trees — inspired the national Conservation movement more than 150 years ago beginning with the protection of Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park. Today, Save the Redwoods League has the opportunity to continue this Conservation legacy by permanently protecting Alder Creek and its hundreds of giant sequoia trees,” says Sam Hodder, the president and CEO of Save the Redwoods League.

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