In California's Big Basin Redwoods State Park, most of the ancient redwood trees can still be seen standing, even after a massive wildfire swept through the premises last week. "The reason those trees are so old is because they are really resilient," said State Parks District Supt. Chris Spohrer. Laura McLendon, conservation director for Sempervirens Fund, an environmental group that protects redwood habitats, noted that redwood forests are meant to burn: "Every old growth redwood I've ever seen ... has fire scars on them. They've been through multiple fires, possibly worse than this." The park, which opened in 1902 and receives 250,000 visitors a year, did lose its historic headquarters, many small buildings and campground infrastructure. Yet the ancient trees standing tall serves as a reminder that the forest will recover.

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