For the first time in a century, visitors to Redwood National and State Parks could soon see a group of endangered California condors in the parks’ ancient redwood forests. A partnership between the Yurok Tribe, National Parks Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is finalizing plans to reintroduce an experimental population of condors into Northern California.
For the past 13 years the Yurok Tribe has been developing a management plan to bring back California condors. Tuesday’s announcement is a final step in the federal rulemaking process that designates this as an experimental population of the endangered birds. It also marks a decision between the tribe and federal agencies to build a condor management facility to house, release and observe condors, which are culturally significant for the tribe.