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.

Pristine unnamed creeks run through Harold Richardson Redwoods Reserve. Photo by Mike Shoys

Harold Richardson Redwoods Reserve

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 Harold Richardson Redwoods Reserve. These are the tallest and biggest ancient redwoods on private lands in Sonoma County, rising as high as a 32-story building from a lush, magical forest rich with wildlife. When Save the Redwoods permanently protected the reserve in June 2018, it was the highest priority for conservation in the coast redwood range, according to the League’s science-based Vibrant Forests Plan. Learn more about the Harold Richardson Redwoods Reserve project.

Red Hill property. Photo by Paolo Vescia

Red Hill

A hidden world lies about a four-hour drive northeast of metropolitan Los Angeles, a world of pristine rivers, lush forests, meadows spangled with wildflowers and ancient giant sequoia so immense and majestic that they take your breath away. This is Red Hill, a 160-acre property that contains 110 magnificent ancient giant sequoia. This forest is one of the world’s last unprotected giant sequoia properties. Owner and conservationist Michael Nicholas has decided to sell Red Hill to the League to ensure the permanent protection of this family legacy. Learn more about the Red Hill project.

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.

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

Redwoods Rising

Redwoods Rising is a new collaboration between Save the Redwoods League, the National Park Service, and California State Parks. By coming together, we can work at the pace and scale necessary to restore and reconnect 40,000 of the 120,000 acres of redwood forests in Redwood National and State Parks (RNSP). It will greatly accelerate the pace of redwood forest recovery within these parks and help protect the area’s remaining old-growth groves. Learn more about the Redwoods Rising initiative.

Photo by Mike Shoys

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: