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.

Great Horned Owl

Redwood treetop offers excellent owl perch


Often during the night I wake to hear the distinctive sound of my neighborhood’s Great Horned Owl calling out. It’s a lovely deep call that sounds like, “hoo-HOO-hoo-hoo” and while I’ve heard it often, I only first laid eyes on the bird last week.


Black Friday Shoppers, Take a Hike!


Save the Redwoods League has always been about getting people outdoors to experience the wonders of nature — it’s been part of our mission since 1918. So when we heard about REI’s awesome #OptOutside campaign, we were inspired to help! … Continued

Children's Books about Redwoods

Happy Book Lovers Day!


This week we celebrate our love of books and our love of reading! Some of my fondest memories have been relaxing in a beautiful place with a great book and getting so engulfed in the story that hours went by in the blink of an eye.

Cathedral Grove at Muir Woods National Monument. Photo credit: Tonatiuh Trejo-Cantwell

Obama Calls for Action on LWCF


In his weekly radio address on Saturday, the President issued a call to action on the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Please, join the President, the League, and others across the country in encouraging LWCF renewal.

Monster tree. Photo courtesy of

Monsters and Ghosts Await in the Northern Redwoods


They are beautiful, inspiring and majestic, right? Not all of them. Hidden in the darkest recesses of both forests lurk some of the creepiest trees on the planet, awaiting those brave enough to disturb them during the Halloween season.

Yosemite National Park

Revitalizing Mariposa Grove with Rx Fire


At Yosemite National Park this week, you may see smoke curling up from Mariposa Grove, the spectacular giant sequoia forest that catalyzed the conservation movement 150 years ago. This smoke is part of a planned prescribed burn in the forest to lower fuel loads that have accumulated over many decades of fire suppression.

Fall redwood foliage

Life Hack: Fun Hiking Game for Kids


Hiking with kids can sometimes feel like a forced march, we’ve all experienced kids complaining about walking for walking’s sake. Obviously, the best remedy for reluctant young hikers is regular doses of candy, but the next best remedy is also super fun and does not contribute to cavities! This is a nature color game that is a trade secret of environmental educators and is really easy to play.

John and Cyndi Wollams

John Woollam: Champion of American Landscapes


A research physicist by training, Save the Redwoods League member John Woollam has made his mark as both an educator and entrepreneur. Woollam is the recipient of the American Physical Society’s Industrial Applications of Physics Prize, and a National Research Council Fellow. But physics aren’t Woollam’s sole passion; he is an ardent conservationist with a far-ranging ambit. He has supported large preservation and restoration projects in the Caribbean, and worked with numerous different land trusts in the Midwest.

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Wildlife at Cape Vizcaino


For the past few years the League has been actively restoring our Cape Vizcaino property along the wild and beautiful Mendocino coast. Our wildlife cameras have captured pictures of deer, foxes, coyotes, mountain lions and even bears.

Coast redwood photograph by Daniel R. Hadley.

New Study Provides Coast Redwood Climate Forecast


Understanding how climate change impacts the world’s tallest forest is like assembling an incredibly large jigsaw puzzle – the full picture emerges slowly, one piece at time. But occasionally, a critical piece falls into place…

In a League-sponsored study, Wicket sniffs for the scent of white-footed vole scat. Her handler, Debbie Woollett, is Co-Founder of Working Dogs for Conservation. Photo by Humboldt State University

Debbie Woollett: Putting a Dog’s Nose to Work for the Forest


One of biologist Debbie Woollett’s star colleagues has four legs. Wicket is a Labrador mix for Working Dogs for Conservation, an organization that Woollett co-founded to apply dogs’ abilities to conservation projects. Wicket can recognize the scents of 26 species and has “alerted” on moon bears in China, elephants in Southeast Asia, invasive snails in Hawaii, and grizzly bears and black bears in North America.

Redwoods photo by David Baselt

How to Take Great Photos in the Redwoods


The first rule of nature photography is to take in the scenery before you begin snapping shots willy-nilly. This will give you a feel for the scenes you want to capture. Once you have an idea of a few photos you’d like to get, set up for them and take your time with each one. The intention behind your images will show through when you get home to view them.

Yosemite Valley by simone pittaluga, Flickr Creative Commons

Happy Birthday Yosemite!


I have been to Yosemite National Park a handful of times, and on each visit I have a very different experience. Whether I am rock climbing in the valley, backpacking in Tuolumne or hiking trails with tourists from all over the world, every time the park takes my breath away. Its towering peaks, rushing waterfalls and granite rocks warrant some steep competition for other natural areas.

League Councillor Blake Williams shares his enthusiasm for the redwoods with his child. Photo by Paolo Vescia

Blake Williams: Love for Forest Stems from Father’s Work


Blake Williams inherited his love of the forest from his father, a research entomologist and forester and the first African American in the United States to earn the trifecta of a BA, Masters, and PhD in that research area. “Growing up in Berkeley with that family background, I’ve always been interested in natural resources and forests,” said Williams.

Ivy and Redwoods

Ivy Can Strangle Redwoods


I came across a fallen redwood recently that had been severely strangled by English ivy. The redwood had fallen across the road and a cross-section had been cut through the redwood’s trunk, revealing a shockingly think mass of ivy branches tightly wrapped around the tree’s bark.