Generous individuals help us protect forests.
Generous individuals help Save the Redwoods League protect forests. Ken Fisher for example, has generously offered to match—up to $500,000—every gift made to our Redwoods and Climate Change Initiative.
Fisher Supports Redwoods and Climate Change Initiative
Fisher's love for redwoods is rooted in his experiences growing up with them up in California.
He calls the ancient giants "the world's most spectacular trees."
Another constant in Fisher's life is the pursuit and support of transformational activities—"activities that fundamentally change something so things are never quite the same as they were before that activity," he said.
In the Redwoods and Climate Change Initiative, Fisher found the embodiment of these two priorities in his life: redwoods and transformation.
Founder of Fisher Investments, Fisher is Co-Chair of the Initiative's Task Force and an expert on 19th-century logging. He said the Initiative continues the League's tradition of transformation, which started with the organization's establishment in 1918.
"There would be many fewer giant trees if it weren't for the League," Fisher said. "The League was there at the right time before there was a voice for protecting any of these trees in a massive way."
Now it is time to protect the trees from new, rapid environmental change. Fisher and other members of the Initiative Task Force are helping us lead the way.
Hayward Family: Saves Giants from Imminent Harvest
The grandchildren of Homer Hayward cut the ribbon to dedicate the Homer Hayward Whistle Stop as their parents watch. The Haywards' $1 million lead gift helped the League protect the Noyo River River redwoods from imminent harvest. Photo by Paolo Vescia
"Every tree was near and dear to dad's heart, but the majestic redwoods always called to him," recalled Wendy Hayward, about her father, Homer Hayward.
Homer was a community leader, a philanthropic giant and a third-generation California lumberman who successfully ran Hayward Lumber for 48 years. He grew his grandfather's company into the leading supplier of lumber and building materials on the Central Coast.
As a young father, Homer would take his family on Skunk Train excursions through the forest while visiting the other lumber companies in Mendocino County.
When they heard Save the Redwoods League was raising funds to protect the ancient redwoods along the route of the Skunk Train, the Haywards got the idea to make a gift in memory of their dad, who had passed away the previous year at the age of 89.
In 2011, Wendy and her siblings — Robin, Bill, Hope — made the extraordinary $1 million lead gift through the Nancy Eccles and Homer M. Hayward Family Foundation to protect the Noyo River Redwoods.
"Dad would have loved the idea of protecting the magnificent Mendocino old-growth redwoods, and it is a perfect legacy in his memory," Wendy said.
To celebrate the property's protection, Homer's closest friends, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren gathered to remember their beloved "Papa Bear" with the dedication of the Homer Hayward Whistle Stop along the Skunk Train route from Willits to Northspur.
A benevolent and bold carved bear stands proud, among the trees, keeping a watchful eye over the forest. He serves as a lasting symbol of Homer's tenacity, humility, warmth and generosity.
Your Gifts Secure Match for Santa Cruz Old-Growth
Thanks to you, we've met our matching gift challenge! Thanks to the generous J.A. Woollam Foundation, an additional $68,000 of your gifts were matched in our Santa Cruz Mountains Old-Growth Campaign. The J.A. Woollam Foundation donated the gift in addition to its initial pledge of $100,000! We also thank our anonymous donor for the gift of $55,000 to this campaign. So far we've raised about $5.5 million of the $8 million needed to purchase and protect some of the most magnificent old-growth redwood forest still left in the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountains. You can help us meet our ultimate goal. Learn more.