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Centennial Projects

Old-growth stands will be protected along the Gualala River where restoration work can accelerate development of ancient forest features. Photo by Mike Shoys

The League marks its centennial year 2018 with a series of initiatives that both extend programs already underway and break new ground toward fulfilling the organization's three-part mission: to protect, restore and connect.

PROTECT: The League protects the redwoods forests and the landscapes that sustain them.

In the first year, researchers will develop and publicly release genome sequences using a tree from the pictured Butano State Park for the coast redwood genome and a tree from Sequoia National Park for the giant sequoia genome.

Redwoods Science and Research

The redwood forest has suffered greatly from logging, development, and fragmentation, and effective restoration requires addressing all these issues. But redwoods and giant sequoia face another threat—loss of genetic diversity. In response to this challenge, the League has embarked on the Redwood Genome Project. In conjunction with the University of California at Davis and Johns Hopkins University, we will sequence the full genomes of both coast redwoods and giant sequoia, emphasizing the discovery and preservation of those traits that will aid in forest preservation and enhancement across the historic range of both species.

The ancient redwood forest of McApin Ranch has remained largely untouched for thousands of years. Photo by Mike Shoys

McApin Ranch

Nestled in the wooded hills along the Sonoma coast lies a hidden wonder that has remained largely untouched for thousands of years — 730 acres of pristine forest known as McApin Ranch. These are the tallest and biggest ancient redwoods outside parks in Sonoma County, rising as high as a 25-story building from a lush, magical forest rich with wildlife. Protecting McApin Ranch is the highest priority for the coast redwood range, according to the science-based Vibrant Forest Plan by Save the Redwoods League. Learn more about the McApin Ranch project.

RESTORE: The League restores young redwood forests, allowing them to become the old-growth forests of the future.

Prairie Creek and Orick Mill Site Restoration

The Prairie Creek watershed in Redwood National and State Parks is prime redwood ground, and supports magnificent stands of old-growth trees. But the creek’s privately-owned main corridor is marred by a defunct saw mill; the impact to the redwood forest and imperiled species such as Coho salmon has been immense. In partnership with the National Park Service and allied conservation groups, the League is linking critical properties along the corridor through land transfers, restoring the mill site to a natural state, re-establishing wetlands along the creek, and connecting trails to some of the parks’ most magnificent redwood groves. This work will expand the spawning and rearing habitat for Coho salmon, and provide viewing sites for a resident herd of Roosevelt elk. Learn more about our Prairie Creek and Orick Mill Site Restoration project.

Orick Mill site. Photo by Paolo Vescia

CONNECT: The League connects people to the peace and beauty of the California redwoods through a network of magnificent parks and protected areas. 

Lola Kashyap of Cupertino enjoys Redwoods Friday in Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Photo by Paolo Vescia

Explore Redwoods

Visitors to the redwoods have the opportunity to connect with a landscape unlike any other — embodying a sense of beauty, balance and resilience that has been millions of years in the making. But many people don’t know where to go or how to get there, and admission fees can discourage others from visiting. To share the forest’s wonder with diverse visitors, the League has launched a comprehensive Explore Redwoods program. The new initiative encourages people to fall in love with the redwoods.

Projects include: