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Funding Redwood Research

We study and fund research about redwood forests to understand how to best protect them.

Funding Redwood Research

The League funds research that expands our understanding of redwood forests.

When it comes to protecting redwood forests forever, there are many things that humans do not know.

There are some redwood trees alive today that have been standing since the Roman Empire, more than 2,000 years ago. In fact, there was a time when redwoods covered the entire northern hemisphere of the planet, around the world. Today, you can only find redwood forests in two locations – the northwest corner of the United States and China. We don't yet fully understand why most are gone and how some have stood the test of time. Unlocking those mysteries can help us answer big questions that will protect the health of people, wildlife, redwood forests and the entire planet.

Learn about Projects We've Funded

Research Grants Program

Save the Redwoods League supports basic and applied hypothesis-driven research on the biology and ecology of coast redwood and giant sequoia forest ecosystems.

To conserve and restore these ecosystems in the coming decades, the League funds research that expands our understanding of ecosystem function, community interactions, rare and threatened species, and the impact of climate change on redwood forests. We welcome proposals on all topics that advance our understanding of these ecosystems.

We accept applications from nonprofit organizations, including universities and public agencies. Grant applications are due in the fall. To apply, see our Grant Application Guidelines.

Learn more about our 2012 grants recipients.

Research Profile

Ken Fisher: Supports Redwoods and Climate Change Initiative
Ken Fisher: Supports Redwoods and Climate Change Initiative

Ken Fisher generously supports the League's Redwoods and Climate Change Initiative. Photo by Peter Buranzon

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.

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Disturbances Benefit Giant Sequoias

Being dwarfed by Earth's most massive tree, the giant sequoia (aka "Sierra redwood"), fills you with wonder. It's hard to believe that a living thing can be so enormous and old. It may be alarming to see these forests on fire, but research funded by your gifts shows that disturbances such as these actually are good for giant sequoias. Learn more about this research.