American Income Life Alive with History
The Muir Woods National Monument is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area located just 12 miles outside of San Francisco, in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge. Because the forest is so close to the ocean, plants and trees thrive from the large amount of fog and moisture off the water.
Historically, more than 600 acres of the old-growth coastal redwood forest were purchased by U.S. Congressman William Kent. In the early 1900s, the woods, which were located in a potential flood path from a local water company’s new river dam, were donated to the government to become a National Monument. Kent’s scheme to avoid land seizure through eminent domain was successful and the land was declared a National Monument by Theodore Roosevelt. Kent named the woods he rescued after John Muir, the environmentalist who helped create the National Park Service*.
Today, the redwood trees, a number of them hundreds of years old, are living birdhouses to more than 50 flying species. Visitors can hike, bike, or camp within the recreational areas of the park.
Can’t wait to check it during #AILConvention2014?Are you going to bike the forest trails, or take a scenic hike?
*National Park Service, 2013