A member of academia for more than two decades, Traci Bliss, PhD, most recently worked as a professor at Idaho State University in Pocatello. Passionate about old growth redwood forests, Traci Bliss spends time speaking and writing about the redwood conservation movement in Santa Cruz County, California. She also serves as a docent at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, frequently giving talks and conducting historic walking tours.
Found in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park consists of 40 acres of redwood trees as well as more than 4,650 acres of forested and open land. Visitors can hike, swim, horseback ride, and camp at the park. The park’s tallest tree is 277 feet tall, 16 feet wide, and approximately 1,500 years old.
To help pay for events at the park and to encourage visitors, the park hosts several events throughout the year that highlight all that it has to offer. The Mountain Parks Foundation Lobster Feed Fundraiser, scheduled for October 14, 2017, features a meal including fresh Maine lobster, corn on the cob, garlic bread, salad, beverages, and dessert. The bluegrass band Highway One will perform. This annual fundraiser raises money for the Mountain Parks Foundation and supports programs provided in Henry Cowell Redwoods and Big Basin state parks.