Redwood photo

Most paper comes from trees. To make paper, trees need to be cut down. This destroys habitat and disrupts the balance of the ecosystem. If we use less paper and Redwood maprecycle what we do use, we can limit the disruption to our ecosystems. Some of the types of trees used to make paper are Douglas Fir, Ponderosa Pine and Sitka Spruce. Not many of these trees grow in San Mateo County, but lots of Coastal Redwood trees do grow here.

Sadly, Coastal Redwoods are being chopped down too - not for paper, but for lumber. Many of the oldest redwood trees in our county were cut down long ago to rebuild San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake.

The map of California shows you where Coastal Redwood trees grow. More than 95% of the beautiful Coastal Redwood forests have been cut down... your help is needed to save what is left.

Know Your Redwoods

  1. There are three types of redwood trees in the world, Dawn Redwoods, Sequoia Redwoods and Coastal Redwoods. Two of the types grow in California and one in China. Which one grows in China?


  2. Coastal Redwoods grow near the ocean in California. How do they get most of the water they need?


  3. Coastal Redwoods are the tallest trees on earth! They can grow up to 360 feet tall. If a basketball hoop is 10 feet high, how many basketball hoops would you need to equal the height of the tallest redwood tree?


  4. Redwood trees have many adaptations that help them survive. Redwood bark contains tannic acid, which gives the trunk its red color. How do you think the tannic acid helps the redwood tree survive?

    Hungry bugs don't like the taste of tannic acid
    It helps the tree to camouflage
    It makes the tree taste better to animals

  5. What are some redwood trees being used for in San Mateo County?

    Lumber for building homes
    Christmas Trees

Some of the redwoods growing in San Mateo County are over 2,000 years old. Go hug an ancient redwood in Memorial Park!