Uniting Redwoods Champions
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For those who have had the chance to stand in a redwood grove, there are few life experiences that match it. We can all agree that there are some places on Earth that are so special that they are worth saving.
Unfortunately, today the work needed to protect redwood forests is harder and more complex than ever before. Among other challenges, redwood forests already protected in state and national parks face threats such as devastating government budget cuts.
With this challenge and others before us, we are at risk of losing these magical places forever.
Save the Redwoods League has been protecting redwood lands for nearly 100 years. We're the only organization with the type of comprehensive approach needed to ensure that forests that take one thousand years to grow will be here for another thousand years.
We partner with a range of organizations to protect the redwood forest forever.
Learn more about how your League gifts support California Redwood State Parks.
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Mia Monroe: League, Partner Introduce Wonder of Redwoods to Masses
Mia Monroe, Site Supervisor at Muir Woods National Monument, has long collaborated with the League to share redwoods with the forest's 1.5 million annual visitors. Photo by Paolo Vescia
Long before Mia Monroe began working as a ranger at Muir Woods National Monument 30 years ago, her family tree intertwined with the Save the Redwoods League. In 1945, the League hosted an international group of delegates tasked with creating the United Nations.
"The US government decided to hold a gathering at Muir Woods because the trees are like pillars of peace, and the language of nature is universal," said Monroe, adding proudly, "My family ran the press that printed the UN Charter."
Now, as Muir Woods' Site Supervisor, she continues the relationship. She teamed with the League to host special events in 1995 for the UN's 50th anniversary celebrations.
"During that time, we talked about the importance of making the park accessible to an urban audience that may never have had a connection to nature and had no clue what a redwood was. We agreed that one of our greatest priorities should be educating our young." The League began providing transportation so that today, thousands of children have been able to visit Muir Woods.
The League also contributed to the creation of "A Quest at Muir Woods," a poetic treasure hunt that allows young visitors to have fun while learning about the giant trees. "We're hoping that activities like the Quest will foster a lifetime connection to redwoods," Monroe said.
In 2008, as Muir Woods celebrated its 100th anniversary, the League hosted parties, underwrote publications for events, and also helped rededicate Cathedral Grove as a place of peace and quiet.
"That partnership has helped people pause and listen more deeply," said Monroe, noting that it was the first national park in the country to privilege quiet in this way. When the park is quieter, "we can still have a lot of people who have a great experience," Monroe said.
"I feel strongly the force of life here in the forest, and hopeful because these trees have been on Earth since time immemorial," Monroe said. "The trees profoundly influence my sense of who I am, my place in the world. With every breath I take, I feel like I'm taking their peaceful spirit into me. And that, in turn, inspires my work."
Your Gifts Help Inspire Future Stewards
Michele Luna shared a story about an inspiring moment with a child who participated in her organization’s redwood education program (pictured), thanks to your support of Save the Redwoods League. The anecdote is from Luna's colleague: The student hiked and completed activities in Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve. "Then the student said, 'Thank you for letting me come to your park!' I said, 'This is your park! You can come here with your family and friends.'" Learn about the priceless next moment.