Discover What's Happening at Redwood National and State Parks! presented by Steven Krause

Thursday, March 28, 2024 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Natural History Museum Classroom

Ranger Steven Krause is Park Guide at Redwood National and State Parks. He received his BS in Environmental Management and Protection with a focus in Environmental Education and Interpretation in 2014 at Cal Poly Humboldt (HSU). Steven spent 12 years as a seasonal ranger at Redwood before being granted permanency in 2020. Steven has been called a “walking encyclopedia” and is a great asset to our community and the parks. He is knowledgeable in many fields including Natural resource and conservation. Steven is a born educator.  Steven ran the Humboldt Herps society from 2007 to 2011 and has given many talks at the Natural History Museum on native reptiles and amphibians and a plethora of other topics.

Steven will be speaking about some of the latest projects going on at Redwood State and National Parks, including the Redwoods Rising project and the California Condor Reintroduction Program. The Redwood National and state Parks are home to almost half of the world’s remaining protected old-growth redwood forests. These parks safeguard imperiled salmon and trout, and rare creatures such as the marbled murrelet, Humboldt marten, snowy plover, and many endangered plants.  Redwoods Rising unites Save the Redwoods League, California Department of Parks and Recreation, and the National Park Service to restore these previously logged forests, protect the parks’ remaining old growth, and ensure the long-term health of these magnificent trees and all the plants, animals, and people who depend on them.

Steven will also speak about the parks becoming the sixth reintroduction site for the California condor. Since March 2022, California condors (prey-go-neesh) have been slowly reintroduced to the area. These are giant steps in the decades-long effort to restore the California condor population to traditional Yurok territory across Redwood National and State Parks. This is a collaborative project with the National Park Service, Yurok Tribe, US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Foundation, Peregrine Fund, Ventana Wildlife Society, PG&E, California State Parks, and many other conservation groups.