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Creating Parks and Reserves

With more than $135 million of our donors' support, Save the Redwoods League has protected more than 190,000 acres (the size of 16 Manhattan islands) and helped develop dozens of redwood parks and reserves for everybody to enjoy.

Shady Dell

Photo by Paolo Vescia.

For those who have had the chance to stand in a redwood grove, there are few life experiences that match it. Even if you have only ever seen a photo of the few ancient redwood forests left – and most of us have – it's hard to imagine life on our planet without these awesome and majestic places. We can all agree that there are some places on Earth that are so special that they are worth saving.

Save the Redwoods League was established in 1918 because these magical places were being logged, and we faced the risk of losing them forever. Today, there are still ancient redwoods slated for cutting that need to be protected. Redwood lands already protected in state and national parks also face threats such as devastating government budget cuts. These cuts close parks, leaving no personnel to protect redwoods from threats such as illegal logging and pollution from marijuana cultivation. Some of these lands are still struggling to recover from years of past damage and neglect.

To thrive, protected forests also depend on the health of nearby land, much of which is privately owned, including by commercial timber companies. Finally, we do not yet know the impact that the Earth's changing climate will have on the size, strength and survival of redwood trees and forests.

Save the Redwoods League is 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.

With our members' and partners' support, Save the Redwoods League has protected more than 190,000 acres (the size of 16 Manhattan islands) and helped develop dozens of redwood parks and reserves for everybody to enjoy.

Our members' donations help us create redwood parks and reserves by allowing us to purchase forests and the landscapes that nurture them from willing sellers. We donate or sell this land to caretakers such as other nonprofit organizations. If necessary, we care for the land we purchase until another organization can purchase or care for it.

Help us save more redwood forests. You can make your gift in memory or honor of an individual or organization.

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Priscilla Hunter: Caring for the Home of Her Ancestors
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 Open the Gate to a Hidden Sequoia World

Southeast of Three Rivers in the Sierra Nevada is a kingdom of giant sequoias reachable on foot, mountain bike and horseback. Ancient giants here measure as much as 16 feet across, likely wider than your dining room. Save the Redwoods League is working with Sequoia Riverlands Trust and the Bureau of Land Management to buy Craig Ranch and provide easy access to the majestic ancient trees. Learn more about this purchase and how your gift can be matched.

Sinkyone Wilderness State Park

HIGHLIGHTS: 7,500-acre Sinkyone Wilderness State Park features twisted and windswept redwoods ranging from 1 to 10 feet in diameter.

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