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.


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Giant Sequoia Thirsty for Snowpack

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It’s Arbor Day, a time to reflect on the importance of trees in our lives. I for one can’t stop thinking about water and how much of it the redwoods need to thrive. I hope you enjoy this video by … Continued


Photo by Scott Catron

Smallest Kids, Tallest Trees

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A highlight of my job is visiting the many education programs that we support through our redwood education grants. This year we supported 24 parks, schools and non-profits so they could bring over 6,000 students to our beautiful redwood forests. … Continued


in 9172, President Nixon signed into law "An Act to Establish the Golden Gate National Recreation Area," which now includes Muir Woods. Photo by Stephen Kennedy, Flickr Creative Commons

Losing Ground: Are America’s Public Lands at Risk?

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America’s public lands are a treasured shared value.  Treasured, it would appear, by all but the U.S. Senate responsible for safeguarding them. Regardless of where we live in this country, of our social status, financial means, or political perspective, our … Continued



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Spring Inspires Red-Bellied Newt Romance

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This gorgeous video by Wendy Baxter, a Redwoods and Climate Change Initiative researcher, shows the beauty and intrigue of mating season for red-bellied newts in the old-growth coast redwood forest at Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve. Below she describes just … Continued



In Butano State Park, you’ll feel transported to another world. Photo by Julie Martin

Rivendell or the Redwoods?

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Have you seen any of the Lord of the Rings movies? My kids are totally into them, and I’ll admit it, I am too! Aren’t the forest scenes beautiful? If you haven’t seen them, take my word for it — … Continued


Robin eggs.

Colorful Eggs Found in the Wild

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As we go into the Easter weekend, kids are hand painting and dying eggs all colors of the rainbow in preparation for the hunt on Sunday. This tradition is not only a fun art project but can become an educational … Continued


With my conservation hero, Professor E.O. Wilson.

E.O. Wilson Champions Biodiversity Protection

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This week, I had the rare opportunity to meet Professor E.O. Wilson and hear him rally National Park leaders, academic scientists, and conservationists at U.C. Berkeley’s Park Summit to unwaveringly protect Earth’s biodiversity. His powerful charge for us is to set aside … Continued


League researchers study how climate affects the forest, from floor to canopy.

Warming Redwood Weather

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Wendy Baxter and Anthony Ambrose from Todd Dawson’s Laboratory at U.C. Berkeley have been tracking weather in the League’s Redwoods and Climate Change Initiative research plots in the coast redwood and giant sequoias forests. Check out their latest weather report … Continued



More kids will now be able to explore our national parks, like these enjoying Yosemite. Photo by something.from.nancy, Flickr Creative Commons

Every Kid in a Park

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“It is not half so important to know as to feel when introducing a young child to the natural world.” -Rachel Carson In 2005, Richard Louv released his influential book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. … Continued





Purisima Creek Redwoods OSP, off Skyline Boulevard. Photo by satosphere, Flickr Creative Commons

Redwoods State of Mind

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As I pedaled away in my Soul Cycle© indoor cycling class this morning, the instructor told us to turn our gears so that we had a ton of resistance, like we were going up a hill. As we pushed on, … Continued


A marbled murrlet tends to its treetop nest. Photo by Tom Hamer.

Victory for Marbled Murrelets and Ancient Redwoods

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Legal protection of the threatened marbled murrelet seabird was upheld this week by a federal appeals court. Despite a 15-year legal battle led by the timber industry to end the Endangered Species Act listing, marbled murrelets retain their threatened status … Continued


Dr. Seuss characters like the Lorax have taught and tickled kids and adults alike for generations.

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss

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“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” ~ the Lorax This famous quote by the title character of The Lorax is well-known in the world of conservation, and has likely … Continued


This drawing shows how the upgraded Mariposa Grove trails will protect sensitive giant sequoia habitat while still giving visitors the amazing views of the forest. Image courtesy of the Yosemite Conservancy.

Restoring Mariposa Grove

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The towering giant sequoias of Yosemite National Park are the iconic trees that catalyzed our Nation’s conservation movement, inspiring Congress in 1864 to designate both the Mariposa Grove and Yosemite Valley “for public use, resort, and recreation”. Today, these mammoth … Continued