Old Survivor

old survivorLocated in Oakland’s Leona Heights Park, “Old Survivor” is the only old growth redwood tree in the East Bay. While the harvests in the mid 1800’s and early 1900’s wiped out vast old-growth redwood forests in the Oakland hills and beyond, “Old Survivor” was spared due to its location; it sits on a steep, rocky cliff.

Because of the rugged terrain, it also poses a challenge for visitors who’d like to get close to the venerable tree. In collaboration with Oakland Parks & Recreation Foundation and Oakland historian Dennis Evanosky, our organization is considering the following projects:

  • New trail construction for viewing Old Survivor, and creating a “loop” trail in Leona Heights Park
  • An educational panel exhibit explaining natural resources and the history of Oakland’s redwoods
  • Enhancements for the York Trail: clearing overgrowth, repairing tread, inspecting/repairing bridges
  • Installing new trail markers
  • Producing a trail map
  • Installing benches at viewing areas
  • Enhancing the connection to McCrea Park
  • Producing a documentary featuring the history of the redwoods in the East Bay

Click on the links below to learn more.