Northern California coastal forests

WWF Abstract

The ancient and spectacular redwood trees that dominate the Northern California Coastal Forests ecoregion are among the biggest, tallest, and oldest trees in the world. Many of these trees have been growing for more than 2,000 years, with some reaching heights of more than 300 feet (90 meters). The life that flourishes within these ancient forests is highly diverse. In fact, only a few other forests in the world can compare in terms of their complex structure and biodiversity. From the luxuriant growth of moss and fungi on the forest floor to the rare marbled murrelets that nest only in ancient trees, these towering giants support communities of plants and animals much more diverse than those found in younger forests.
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Ecozone:Nearctic
Biome:Temperate Coniferous Forests
Countries:United States
Area:3,263,998 acres (1,320,893 hectares)
Species:All  Endangered  Invasive
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Protected Areas

Heath and Marjorie Angelo Coast Range Preserve Nature Conservancy - Preserve
Lanphere-Christensen Dunes Preserve Nature Conservancy - Preserve
Pygmy Forest Preserve Nature Conservancy - Preserve
Redwood National Park
San Francisco Peninsular Watershed County Wildlife Refuge or Management Area
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 gis.wwfus.org/wildfinder