Save the Redwoods League revenue comes from individuals, foundations, corporations, government agencies and investments.

Expense Ratio 2013-14
The transaction cycle in land conservation can take more than five years to complete, from initial contact with a seller to acquisition and finally, transfer to a public agency or nonprofit for permanent protection. Consequently, the League may hold land (reflected as real estate held) for several years before transferring it to a public agency or nonprofit land trust and realizing any program expense. Considered over a five-year period, the League’s expenses for programmatic services represented 68 percent of total expenses.

Review our annual audited financial statements and IRS 990 forms below.
Save the Redwoods League is exempt from federal income taxation under Section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Our revenue comes from individuals, foundations, corporations, government agencies and investments. With these generous donations, since 1918, the League has protected and restored redwood forests and connected people with their peace and beauty so these wonders of the natural world flourish.

Unfortunately, some ancient redwoods remain unprotected, and forests that are protected face threats from a changing environment, disease and devastating government budget cuts. Your donations help us save these special places, allowing us to purchase redwood land, restore logged forests, study how to best protect them and teach children and adults about these magical expressions of life. See the difference your support has made.

Annual Audited Financial Statements

IRS Form 990

Save the Redwoods League is exempt from federal income taxation under Section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

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Impact of Your Donations

See the difference your support has made.


  • Redwoods and Climate Change Initiative: Brought to the world the surprising discoveries of our Redwoods and Climate Change Initiative, which will inform how we protect and restore redwood forests amid rapid global warming.
  • Orick Mill Site: Purchased this site of a former old-growth lumber mill and began restoring this critical habitat for imperiled species. Our goal: to return the site to the surrounding ancient forest and create a welcoming gateway to Redwood National and State Parks, the home of world-famous natural wonders our members have protected for generations.
  • Shady Dell: Developed the trail design to open the hidden wonders of this rugged and remote forest to the public. The design protects the amazing and unique candelabra-shaped redwoods, rare plants and animals, and historical features.
  • Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area: Reinstalled a seasonal bridge across the Eel River, restoring visitor access for the first time in three years to 61 stunning redwoods campsites, miles of trails and a path to a swimming hole. Upgraded the deteriorating water system.
  • Hendy Woods State Park: Finalized plans to make daytime visits to the park’s forest of 1,000-year-old giants even more enjoyable. Plans include construction of a picnic shelter and tables, interpretive signage, bathroom and parking — all accessible to people with disabilities.
  • Peters Creek and Van Kempen Old-Growth Forest: Completed a management plan to maintain this spectacular forest, which will open in the future for nearby San Francisco Bay Area residents and visitors to enjoy. Improved the trail. Finished plans to improve the health of the stream.
  • Portola Redwoods State Park: Completed a plan that identifies amenities the park can add to make this remarkable haven of towering ancient giants more welcoming and self-sustaining. Constructed a new camp host site to make camping more enjoyable and to help the park generate income.
  • San Vicente Redwoods (formerly CEMEX Redwoods): Negotiated an agreement with partners and state funders to conserve this critical part of the region’s ecosystem that connects 27,500 acres of contiguous protected woodland habitat. Started work with partners on a plan to protect and restore this home of rare, threatened and endangered plants and animals, and open the property to the public.
  • Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park: Initiated the second phase of planning and designing with California State Parks to rebuild the park’s most popular footpath, the fire-damaged Pfeiffer Falls Trail. The project will reunite visitors with their beloved climb through the redwood canyon to see the falls’ white ribbons of water.