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In California’s Jedidiah Smith SP, Instagram seekers damaging little-known grove of redwoods

We love scrolling through Instagram feeds of epic sunsets and deserted trails just as much as the next person, but a new initiative from California's Redwoods Parks Conservancy is making us second guess how much we use social media as a travel-planning tool. According to CBS News, an influx of tourists to a once-secret grove of redwoods is causing immense damage to the ancient trees.

Located in Jedediah Smith State Park, about nine miles east of Crescent City near the border of Oregon and California, the "Grove of Titans" is reportedly the largest community of redwood trees ever discovered. It's lesser known than other California redwoods, like those in Big Basin and Humboldt State Parks, but what makes it extra-appealing is its unmarked location north of the park's trail. The researchers who discovered the grove in 1998 kept its exact spot a secret, so tourists who went in search of the area found it through unofficial park sources, like Google maps. A few years ago, someone posted a photo of the grove on social media with its GPS coordinates, drawing in thousands of tourists to look for the spot.


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