After 250 years, Native American tribe regains ownership of Big Sur ancestral lands
(CNN) - A northern California Indian tribe’s sacred land is now back under their ownership, thanks to the help of a conservancy group. The Esselen Tribe, one of the state’s smallest and least well known tribes, inhabited the Santa Lucia Mountains and the Big Sur coast for thousands of years, according to their website.
“The old-growth redwoods on this property are genetically adaptive to the warmer dry climate of Big Sur,” Doroff said. “These trees will be important for the future effort to assist in redwood survival.”