“Dear Prophet: Come, gird on the sword of Gideon. They are going to cut down our Calaveras Big Trees.” – Charles Lummis

After this February 20, 1900 letter from famed editor of The Land of Sunshine Charles Lummis, Muir worked tirelessly to try to protect Calaveras Big Trees from being logged. It had been in private hands since its “discovery” in 1851 and in 1931 (17 years after Muir’s death) it was set aside as a California State Park.

Protecting the Calaveras Grove of Sequoias