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California redwood forest returned to native tribal group

Returning Tribal Land
Posted at 7:10 AM, Jan 25, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-25 10:10:46-05

(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.