Vanishing Redwoods

1975, 28 min., color, DVD

Clear Cutting Threatens the Survival of the Species

Rent or Buy smallVanishing Redwoods depicts the delicate natural balance required for the growth and survival of redwood forests. Photographed in northern California and Oregon, it shows how the logging industry’s traditional practice of clear cutting threatened the very survival of redwood trees as a species. Made in collaboration with Rudolph Becking, Professor of Forestry and Natural Resources at Humboldt State University, who narrates the film, Vanishing Redwoods delves deeply into the impact of clear cutting forestry practices of corporate logging on the natural environment that redwoods trees need to survive.


The film was made as part of Humboldt County conservationists’ efforts to protect the last remaining old growth forests by expanding the Redwood National Park. The Park, established in 1968, expanded in 1994 to combine California’s Del Norte CoastJedediah Smith, and Prairie Creek Redwoods State Parks (dating from the 1920s), into one park containing 133,000 acres (540 km2), with 45% of all remaining old growth redwood forests. The 2 million acres of redwood forests that existed in 1850 had been reduced by 90% by the time the park was established.

About the Harvey Richards Media Archive: The Harvey Richards Media Archive contains a treasure of images of the political and social justice upheavals of the 1960s on the west coast and of the devastating impact of capitalist resource exploitation in western forests, and mines among other subjects.  All of his 22 films are available for streaming, downloading and as DVDs. The interest and demand for his images has continued to grow along with the interest in the legacy of the 1960’s political and cultural upsurge. Estuary Press is the home of the Harvey Richards Media Archive video and photo image collections.

About Estuary Press: Estuary Press is the publisher of Nicaragua Way by Nina Serrano and Heart Suite, a trilogy of three books of poetry by Nina Serrano. It is also the home of the Harvey Richards Media Archive, a repository of photography and video documentaries of the social change and political movements during the 1960s and 1970s. Contact Paul Richards (510) 967 5577, or visit for more details.

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Topics: redwoods, old growth forests, clear cutting, environmental degradation, logging towns, 1950s, 1960s.

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