The Proposal War

By 1960 the pressure to create a park to preserve the Redwoods in a National Park greatly increased. This increase in national interest may have been due in part to the enactment of various environment-minded acts of the time, such as the Wilderness Act and the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act. Additionally, it was quickly being realized that there were few tracts of virgin growth salvageable as parkland. 



Many of the acres designated for the park were taken from tribal lands. The Yurok Tribe continuously advocated for the return of their ancestral lands during these debates. Please see our Historic Logging exhibit to learn more about traditional land management.