This is a place for personal insights into our work by Save the Redwoods League leaders. You can explore posts by category: It Takes a Forest focuses on League project and program updates; Off the Beaten Path gets you into the redwood forest; Redwoods Futures illuminates the issues affecting our redwood forests; and The Eighth Wonders explores the art, education, and science of the redwood forests. Please join the conversation by posting your stories and comments.


No matter what your age, spending time among the redwoods can be a rewarding experience. Photo by Paolo Vescia

Enjoying the Redwoods at Every Age

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Through this blog I often write about my experiences with youths in the redwoods. I love seeing the expressions on kids’ faces when they see a banana slug, find a tiny redwood cone, or see a tall redwood tree for … Continued


Wild strawberry plant.

Protecting Plantings

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Recently, I visited Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park and was surprised to see mesh bags dotting the forest floor. Taking a closer look, I saw a variety of plants hidden under the mesh coverings. Park ecologist Jeff Frey explain the park … Continued


Photo by steve mcnicholas, Flickr Creative Commons

The Origins of Halloween

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Happy Halloween everyone! Finally, the day has arrived when you get to dress up however you want. Maybe months of planning even went into your costume, your creativity shining through. But did you ever wonder why we celebrate Halloween? Where … Continued


The three of us trekked through wild, wet Jed Smith Redwoods

Through the Woods with a Ranger and a Poet

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As inspiring as the redwood forest can be, it is even better when shared. We know the inspirational surge that our favorite redwood places engender; it’s why we keep going back. And it is why we bring our friends there … Continued


Redwood seeds hidden within this green cone won't join the forest seed bank because the cone fell off the tree too soon.

Green Cones Go Red

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Typically, cones mature on the redwood branches in autumn. They turn slightly yellow as the cone scales separate, exposing the seeds hidden within to the elements. Rain then washes away tannic crystals that hold the seeds inside the cones and … Continued


Fall foliage along the Eel River. Photo by mlhradio, Flickr Creative Commons

Fall Has Arrived

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Although our fall-changing trees are not as numerous as in the east, we can still see some evidence of fall here on the West Coast. In our redwood forests, look for big leaf maples and vine maples for their changing color.


Be sure to check out Brad's photo shoot in the redwoods in this issue of Details magazine! See link in post.

Brad Pitt and the Redwoods, Seriously?!

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I nearly fell out of my chair when I came across a feature article about Brad Pitt doing a shoot in Humboldt Redwoods State Park for Details Magazine. My first thought was, “Okay, why wasn’t I invited?” And second, “Who … Continued


Through a Latino Outdoors program, a youth group enjoys the giant sequoias

Entre Los Gigantes

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Qué maravilla— ¿cómo es que estos gigantes existen? ¿Qué cuentos han de saber y cuantas historias han de conocer? ¿Qué me dirían a este momento? Recalling one of my most memorable experiences among the redwoods at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State … Continued


Read the full article by Curtis Alexander here.

Drought in the Redwoods Makes Headlines

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This week, our research partners from UC Berkeley braved the fall heatwave to check on how some old redwood forests are handling the drought in the Santa Cruz Mountains. I joined them among the redwood giants at Henry Cowell State Park on … Continued


Montgomery Woods photo by Kenneth Susman

The Evolution of a Park

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Save the Redwoods League was established in 1918, and 96 years later, we have quite the vantage point to look back and see how things have changed. It’s the nature of things, for people and organizations alike, that we don’t … Continued


Pinks, reds, and yellows emerge as poison oak prepares to shed its leaves for the year.

Beautiful from a Safe Distance

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While the colorful display of poison oak leaves turning red in the fall is certainly beautiful among the redwoods right now, the sight is also totally frightening if that plant gives you a nasty rash! Despite most people despising this … Continued


Fall forests, like this one in Sequoia National Park, are magical. Photo by Werner Janse von Rensberg, Flickr Creative Commons

Top 10 Forests to Explore this Fall

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The fall has always been my favorite season. Maybe because it means winter is coming — I love the snow — or because the memories are still fresh from a great summer, or because of the reminder of the cycle that will start up … Continued



SCA crew, and their California State Parks supervisor.

What’s in a Year?

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The redwood trees have put on another ring since I joined the staff of Save the Redwoods League as president and CEO! It’s been one year since I started my new job and journey with the League, and I have … Continued


You may see a red-breasted nuthatch at Memorial Park this Saturday!

Discover the Secrets of Memorial Park

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Join us this Saturday, September 27 as we walk the trails of Memorial Park discovering everything this amazing redwood forest has to offer. The League is partnering with San Mateo County Parks, the California Academy of Science and Sequoia Audubon for a Memorial Park Bioblitz.


Wendy Baxter with the treetop fog collector at Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve. Photo by Anthony Ambrose.

Redwood Weather

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  RCCI researcher Wendy Baxter describes below why we are tracking weather in the woods: Monitoring the local weather and long-term climate is an integral part of the Redwoods and Climate Change Initiative (RCCI). Beginning in 2011, scientists from UC … Continued


Some of the towering redwood giants at Memorial Park. Photo by Paolo Vescia.

We’re BioBlitzing Again!

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Here at the League, we love getting people out into the redwoods to explore, learn and have fun. And we especially love bringing out everyone’s inner scientist to discover the creatures big and small that call the redwood forest their … Continued


Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. Photo by Doug and Joanne Schwartz.

Favorite Discoveries from the Forest

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Guest bloggers Doug and Joanne Schwartz – League members and dedicated volunteers – are serving this summer as our Redwood Explorers-in-Residence, exploring the northern parks, and ground-truthing and mapping the groves of ancient forest they find. Along the way, they’re documenting the many interesting … Continued



Will we continue to let illegal marijuana operations threaten our forests, waterways and wildlife?

Illegal Marijuana Farms Threaten Redwoods

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With recreational marijuana legal in Colorado and Washington and medicinal marijuana available in 23 states and the District of Columbia, marijuana is here to stay. And, more of the marijuana on the U.S. market comes from California than any other … Continued