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Ancient Mendocino County Redwoods To Be Preserved

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WILLITS, Mendocino County (CBS / AP) — A grove of redwood trees, some more than 1,500 years old, will be preserved after a conservation group raised millions of dollars to buy the land from a logging company.

Save the Redwoods League announced Thursday that it successfully raised $3.5 million in donations before an April 1 deadline posed by Willits Redwood Co.

The group paid $7.5 million total for the 426-acre grove along the historic Skunk Train route in Mendocino County.

The company had said it would start logging after April 1 if the group was not able to exercise its option to purchase the grove that includes old-growth Douglas firs and provides habitat for a number of endangered species, including the bald eagle and Pacific fisher.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services may have contributed to this report.)

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