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California redwood forest returned to native tribal group

Returning Tribal Land
Posted at 10:46 AM, Jan 25, 2022

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A conservation group is turning over a historic redwood grove on the Northern California coast to descendants of the original Native American inhabitants.

Save the Redwoods League said it would transfer to the InterTribal Sinkyone Wilderness Council a 523-acre property it recently acquired on the Lost Coast.

It's the second property the league has transferred to the group of 10 tribes.

The property includes prized old-growth redwoods, which were mostly decimated by logging.

The land was purchased with $3.5 million from Pacific Gas & Electric Co. for northern spotted owl and marbled murrelet habitat to mitigate other environmental damage by the utility.