The Ewoks’ forest from ‘Return of the Jedi’ was totally destroyed


Star Wars: Return of the Jedi took 1980s audiences on a journey to another galaxy far, far away. The most memorable scenes took place on the forest moon of the planet Endor, which was filled with huge trees and lush foliage. But if you’ve ever thought about going to visit “Endor”, you will find yourself empty. Almost all of Return of the Jedi the filming locations have since been destroyed.

As reported at length in an article by San Francisco Gate, JediThe Endor scenes were primarily shot in Del Norte County, California, on private land owned by the Miller-Rellim Redwood Company. Shooting in redwood forests is extremely tricky and often allowed because the trees are so valuable and many are on protected land. But because that specific area belonged to a logging company that “already had a timber harvesting plan, which details planned logging operations, the filmmakers could do whatever they wanted on the private land. No permit was required. Additionally, the bark of ancient redwoods would protect them from any potential damage from pyrotechnics. It’s still good for space battles.

But this crop plan also meant that shortly after production ended in Del Norte County, the company felled all of Endor’s trees.

The article also reveals that there is really only part of the Return of the Jedi filming location still standing, and is where Endor’s speeder motorcycle chase was filmed in a Humboldt County state park. This section of trees is, according to the post, “off Highway 36 in Grizzly Creek State Park along Cheatham Grove Road.” You might recognize some of the fallen trees from the scene; according to a member of the local film board, it still looks like Endor some 40 years later.

If you are interested in film tourism, check out our list of some famous movie sets that are still standing and open to visitors. Some even come from Star Wars.

[H/T Moviemaker Magazine]

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