The Charlotte M. Hoak Pygmy Forest came into existence as a result of money collected...Wait, Let Jane McKee, CGCI (California Garden Clubs, Inc.) Communications Director explain this.
"Hi Joshua: Thank you for your interest in this unique corner of California. Charlotte served for many years as the horticulture chairman for California Garden Clubs. She grew up in Comptche and in 1950 suggested that a portion of the forest should be preserved as a state park. A fund raising drive started in 1951 and it took until 1969 to accumulate the funds needed to purchase the land which was then turned over to the California Department of Parks and Recreation. Jane"
By the time the funds had been raised and the property purchased, Charlotte Hoak had died at the age of 93, and the presentation was and remains a memorial to her.