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.

This marker reminds park visitors of the amazingly high water that swept through Humboldt Redwoods State Park during the December 1964 flood.

The 1964 Christmas Flood

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This week is the 50-year anniversary of the historic 1964 Christmas flood. Half a century ago, several weeks of monumental rains devastated communities on the north coast and brought a tremendous amount of sediment into the streams and redwood forests of Humboldt … Continued


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John Muir, the Legend

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If you have spent any time in the amazing natural areas of California, you won’t go very far without experiencing the presence of John Muir — a man who did more for the conservation of our beautiful wild places during … Continued


A wild turkey on display in California. Photo by Alan Vernon, Flickr Creative Commons

Turkeys in the Redwoods

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As we sit back and relax on the day after Thanksgiving, our bellies still full from our decadent meals the day before, I’m thinking about turkeys, redwoods, and what the Native Americans might have eaten years before us at this … Continued




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Rain creates colorful mushroom show

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Aren’t we all more than a little relieved for the recent coast rains after too many dry, drought-stricken months here in California? I always look for mushrooms on the forest floor as proof that the rain has really sunk in. Last week … Continued


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