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Mike Fay Hikes 1,800 Miles for the Redwoods

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National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Mike Fay’s Redwood Transect is featured on the cover of this month’s magazine. The buzz here is all about the redwoods, Mike’s amazing walk and the huge, cool, special foldout image of a redwood tree in the middle of the magazine.


Photograph by Lindsey Holm

I met with Mike and Lindsey Holm soon after their 11-month trek was completed last year. They described the wonderous beauty of the trees and also explained how important it was to recognize the foresters, owners and loggers who are starting to embrace the idea of “enlightened forestry.”

On each transect that Mike embarks on, he takes extremely thorough notes of his observations, and this redwoods hike was no exception. (This picture shows an incomplete collection of his notebooks from other transects too.)


He also explained how special the redwoods are and how older trees, when left to age, actually will produce more timber than if they had been cut young. He outlines his thoughts wonderfully in this essay for the magazine.


Photograph by Lindsey Holm

A new film Climbing Redwood Giants will be screened here at National Geographic headquarters on September 21, 2009. Mike will also be there to discuss conservation and resource management. Later on Tuesday, September 29 at 10 p.m. ET it will air on the National Geographic Channel.

Visit the Save the Redwoods League for more information on how to help or donate.

Amy Bucci is a web producer for National Geographic. Her projects mainly cover National Geographic explorers, grantees and initiatives.
  • confectioner

    I wonder if Mike saw any unusual animals along the way, something bipedal, hairy and about 7-8ft tall? The Redwoods looked like a great place to hide a crypto.

  • Leslie Chapman

    I would like to notify Mike that while he may have located the northernmost of the Coast Redwoods that can be considered part of their native range now, there is a grove near Eddyville, Oregon that are either a relic stand or were planted hundreds of years ago by Native Americans.

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