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.
Priscilla Hunter: Caring for the Home of Her Ancestors
Priscilla Hunter (holding photo, right) celebrates the League's donation of the Four Corners property to the organization she co-founded, the InterTribal Sinkyone Wilderness Council.
As a young child, Priscilla Hunter lived in the Coyote Valley Rancheria northeast of Ukiah, California. Her grandmother taught her to respect the land—its beauty, food, medicinal herbs, and spiritual connections. But the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dam destroyed the rancheria in 1958, one of a long string of losses suffered by her family and other Pomo Indians in the region.
For many years, Hunter has worked to reconnect native peoples with their traditional lands and culture. In the late 1980s, she co-founded the InterTribal Sinkyone Wilderness Council, a nonprofit representing ten member tribes that are based in Mendocino and Lake Counties and include: Cahto Tribe of Laytonville Rancheria; Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians; Hopland Band of Pomo Indians; Pinoleville Pomo Nation; Potter Valley Tribe; Redwood Valley Rancheria of Pomo Indians; Robinson Rancheria of Pomo Indians; Round Valley Indian Tribes; Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians; and Sherwood Valley Rancheria of Pomo Indians. One of the Council's most notable achievements was establishing a 3,845-acre InterTribal Sinkyone Wilderness along the Northern California coast in Mendocino County in 1997.
In March 2012, Save the Redwoods League added another property to the holdings of these descendants of California's original inhabitants. The 164-acre Four Corners parcel lies between Sinkyone Wilderness State Park and the headwaters of the Mattole River. Its streams, meadows and forests are biologically rich, with species including peregrine falcons and imperiled coho salmon, steelhead trout and marbled murrelets.
As part of the deal, the Council made a conservation agreement with Save the Redwoods League that will ensure no commercial development or resource extraction ever takes place. "We want to protect the land as it is," said Hunter. "Its beauty brings joy to your heart."
The League and the Council will work together to build a public hiking trail through the property. The Council has other ideas, too, including building a house for a caretaker, holding traditional ceremonies, and "taking our children up there to teach them about the sacredness of our Mother Earth," Hunter said.
The land's new stewards have a fondness for redwoods. "When the wind is blowing or when it's raining, these redwood trees have different sounds and songs," Hunter said. "Looking up, you feel a connection with the Creator. We thank Save the Redwoods League for giving us the opportunity to protect this land for future generations of our children."
You Can Protect a New Gateway to Giants
You may know about our Santa Cruz Mountains Old-Growth Campaign to protect some of the most beautiful ancient redwood forests still standing less than an hour's drive from the bustle of the South San Francisco Bay Area. Now we've added another magnificent forest to this campaign, and you have the chance to complete the project to restore and open this easy-access gateway to Peters Creek Old-Growth Forest. Learn more about this addition and how you can help.