Skip to main content

News Releases Archive

With your help, we purchase redwood land, restore logged forests, study how to best protect them and teach children and adults about these magical expressions of life.

Recent Releases | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012

 

2016 News Releases

Over 35,000 People Spent Black Friday Outdoors in California State Parks

Contacts: Save the Redwoods League: Jennifer Benito-Kowalski | Cell: (415) 602-1037 | Email: jbenito@SaveTheRedwoods.org California State Parks: Gloria Sandoval | Cell: (916) 956-6814 | Email: Gloria.Sandoval@parks.ca.gov California State Parks Foundation: Linsey Fredenburg-Humes | Cell: (916) 204-5210 | Email: Linsey@calparks.org   … Continued

0 comments

California Park Organizations Invite You to Skip the Lines and Go Green on Black Friday

Contacts: Save the Redwoods League: Patsy Barich, Bon Mot PR | Cell: (415)596-5860 | Email: patsy@bonmotpr.com California State Parks: Gloria Sandoval | Cell: (916) 956-6814 | Email: Gloria.Sandoval@parks.ca.gov California State Parks Foundation: Linsey Fredenburg-Humes | Cell: (916) 204-5210 | Email: … Continued

0 comments
Coast Redwood Science Symposium 2016. Photo of Redwood National Park by Michael Schweppe, Wikimedia Commons

Semi-Decadal Scientific Symposium Focuses on Iconic Coast Redwood Forest

Coast Redwood Science Symposium 2016, hosted by the University of California. The three-day symposium will include general session speakers, concurrent presentations, poster presentations, a reception, and field trip opportunities to view current issues in redwood forest management on California’s North Coast.

0 comments
League donors’ gifts forever protect Westfall Ranch’s beautiful forest and meadows, which buffer Headwaters Forest Reserve, home of an ancient redwood forest. Photo by Mike Shoys

Save the Redwoods League Purchases Westfall Ranch to Buffer Headwaters Forest Reserve, Restore Elk River, Create New Trails

Save the Redwoods League today announced that it purchased the scenic 77-acre Westfall Ranch to buffer Headwaters Forest Reserve south of Eureka, California. The League purchased the $1.1 million property from Andy and Sandy Westfall, preventing other potential owners from developing, subdividing or commercially logging the land. More than 3,000 League members donated to this project.

0 comments
Usal coast. Kenneth and Gabrielle Adelman

New 2.3 Mile Addition to #LostCoast Trail Offers First Public Access in 100 Years

The spectacular #LostCoast hiking trail, the longest roadless stretch of land in 48 contiguous states, will grow by 2.3 miles to 60 miles at its southern end in Mendocino County when new the Peter Douglas trail opens. Douglas was the former Executive Director of the California Coastal Commission for 26 years and co-authored the Coastal Act. This year is the 40th anniversary of the California Coastal Act of 1976.

0 comments
Horses graze on picturesque Craig Ranch.

Save the Redwoods League, Sequoia Riverlands Trust Donate Land in Tulare County to BLM

Save the Redwoods League and Sequoia Riverlands Trust (SRT) announced today the donation of the 66-acre Craig Ranch in Tulare County to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), providing access to a popular area for recreationists.

0 comments

2015 News Releases

Map of 49 Redwood State Parks

Free Day-Use Admission to 49 State Parks on Friday

Save the Redwoods League today announced Free Friday in the Redwoods — free admission to 49 participating California redwood state parks on Black Friday, November 27, 2015.

0 comments
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park

Save the Redwoods League to Provide Free Day-Use Admission for Anyone Who Visits a Participating California Redwood State Park on the Day After Thanksgiving

Save the Redwoods League today announced Free Friday in the Redwoods — free admission to 49 participating California redwood state parks on Black Friday, November 27, 2015.

0 comments
Justin Faggioli is Save the Redwoods League Board of Directors Secretary.

Save the Redwoods League Elects Justin Faggioli as Board of Directors Chair, Re-Elects Samuel M. Livermore as Vice Chair

Save the Redwoods League, the only nonprofit organization in the world dedicated to protecting redwood forests throughout their natural range, today announced the election of Justin Faggioli, Samuel M. Livermore, C. Blake Williams and Andy Vought as officers to its Board of Directors. Board members Faggioli, Livermore and Vought have been elected chair, vice chair and secretary, respectively, while incoming Board member Williams has been elected Treasurer. William Croft and Wendy Hayward are also joining the Board, bringing extensive executive and philanthropic experience to the League.

0 comments
Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Photo by Peter Buranzon

Future Coastal Climate Not Cool for Redwood Forests

In a study published in the research journal Global Change Biology, climate scientists from the University of California and NatureServe conclude that a warmer future with normal rainfall on California’s coast will leave coast redwoods south of San Francisco Bay with significantly different climate than they have experienced for decades.

0 comments
Cotoni Coast Dairies

Community Leaders and Conservation Groups Applaud Senator Boxer’s California Coastal National Monument Expansion Act

Los Altos, Calif. August 5, 2015 – San Francisco and Monterey Bay Area community leaders and conservation groups praise legislation introduced today by U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer along with Senator Diane Feinstein to bring national monument designation to Cotoni-Coast Dairies in Santa Cruz County and five other federally-owned lands along the California coast.

Boxer’s legislation, the California Coastal National Monument Expansion Act, would permanently protect the ecological, cultural and scenic resources at six different sites totaling 6,200 acres throughout the state, while ensuring that current and future generations will be able to access and enjoy these nationally significant conservation lands in ways that are compatible with resource preservation and restoration goals.

0 comments

Save the Redwoods League hires conservation leader Paul Ringgold as Chief Program Officer

Contact: Patsy Barich Bon Mot PR (415) 596-5860 patsy@bonmotpr.com SAVE THE REDWOODS LEAGUE HIRES CONSERVATION LEADER PAUL RINGGOLD AS CHIEF PROGRAM OFFICER — Ringgold to oversee all property transactions, redwoods research, education outreach and forest restoration work by the League Download … Continued

0 comments
Tim Whalen. Photo by Paolo Vescia

San Francisco-based Save the Redwoods League has appointed Tim M. Whalen as its Chief Development Officer

Contact: Patsy Barich Bon Mot PR (415) 596-5860 patsy@bonmotpr.com SAN FRANCISCO-BASED SAVE THE REDWOODS LEAGUE HAS APPOINTED TIM M. WHALEN AS ITS CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER Download the full press release SAN FRANCISCO (May 5, 2015) — Tim Whalen, 52, is … Continued

0 comments
Ancient giants in canyons survived logging booms. Photo by Mike Shoys

Rare Pygmy and Redwood Forest Attracts Support from Thousands of Donors across the U.S

Contact: Patsy Barich Bon Mot PR (415) 596-5860 patsy@bonmotpr.com RARE PYGMY AND REDWOOD FOREST ATTRACTS SUPPORT FROM THOUSANDS OF DONORS ACROSS THE U.S — Land parcel saved from logging and development Download the full press release SAN FRANCISCO (March 24, … Continued

0 comments

2014 News Releases

Kids in the redwoods. Photo by Evan Johnson

More Kids to Visit Redwood Forests in 2014 – 15

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (October 13, 2014) — More students will visit California’s redwoods this year thanks to San Francisco-based Save the Redwoods League’s annual educational grant program.

The League has awarded over $106,000 to 24 schools, parks and educational organizations to help students get outdoors for enriching and educational experiences among the redwoods. Grant winners are located throughout Northern California, from Oakland’s Chabot Space and Science Center serving low-income youth, to Santa Cruz’s Every Child Outdoors Science School and Mendocino Area Parks Association’s field trip program. View and download the full press release.

0 comments
Burl poaching

Reward Offered to Help Save California’s Redwoods from Destructive Poaching

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (May 13, 2014) —  In response to a disturbing spike in the poaching of old-growth redwood burls, the Center for Biological Diversity, Redwood Parks Association and Save the Redwoods League are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to prosecution of poachers. View and download the full press release.

0 comments
You can help protect and restore this 33-acre ancient redwood forest, creating the opportunity for public access to Peters Creek Old-Growth Forest in the near future. Photo by Paolo Vescia

Living Landscape Initiative Partners Save the Redwoods League and Sempervirens Fund protect critical redwood forestlands in Santa Cruz Mountains

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (May 8, 2014) — Living Landscape Initiative Partners — Save the Redwoods League and Sempervirens Fund — protect another 33-acres of redwood forestland in the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountains. This property is next to the stunning Peters Creek Old-Growth Forest in San Mateo County and near Portola Redwoods State Park. View and download the full press release.

0 comments

2013 News Releases

Save the Redwoods League Joins the National #GivingTuesday Movement to Encourage Spending with a Purpose

SAN FRANCISCO (December 3, 2013)—Save the Redwoods League has joined #GivingTuesday, a first-of-its-kind national effort that will harness the collective power of a unique blend of partners—charities, families, businesses and individuals—to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. Coinciding with the Thanksgiving Holiday and the kickoff of the holiday shopping season, #GivingTuesday will inspire people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they support and help create a better world. Learn more about #GIVINGTUESDAY and give today!

0 comments
The Save the Redwoods League Board of Directors, from left: Melinda Thomas, Peter Frazier, James Sergi, Peggy Light, Justin Faggioli, Andy Vought, Mary Wright and Rosemary Cameron. Sam Livermore not pictured. Photo by Paolo Vescia

Save the Redwoods League Elects Melinda M. Thomas as Board Chair and Samuel M. Livermore as Vice Chair of Board of Directors

SAN FRANCISCO (October 22, 2013)—Save the Redwoods League, the only nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting redwood forests throughout their natural range, today announced the election of Melinda M. Thomas, Samuel M. Livermore and Justin Faggioli. The newly elected officers bring extensive executive leadership and philanthropic experience to the League. Thomas, Livermore and Faggioli are longtime members of the League’s Board of Directors and Council and are passionate leaders and advocates for the redwoods. View and download the full press release.

0 comments
General Sherman Tree

Family Guide to the Giant Sequoias Offers Travel Tips, Activities and More!

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (October 17, 2013)—Introducing the Family Guide to the Giant Sequoias, the brand-new sister publication to the popular Family Guide to the Coast Redwoods. Download the free Family Guide to the Giant Sequoias for a wealth of travel tips, activities and more for parents who want to introduce children to the wonders of the redwood forest. Outdoor adventures aren’t just for summertime—the sequoias are a fabulous cold-weather travel destination. Want to know the most scenic routes, where to find the world’s largest sequoias, and where to stop for a hearty meal? In the Family Guide to the Sequoias, you’ll get lots of inside information on where to go, what to pack, and what to do to make the most of this special experience. The guide is a valuable resource for all the busy parents, grandparents, family members or guardians who want to plan a fun, memorable adventure into the forest. View and download the full press release.

0 comments
Kids in the redwoods. Photo by Evan Johnson

Save the Redwoods League Education Grants Connect Students with Nature

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (October 7, 2013)— Save the Redwoods League, the nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring redwood forests throughout their natural range, today announced its 2013 education grant recipients. The League awarded more than $102,000 to a total of 25 schools, park interpretive associations and nonprofit organizations in California. Save the Redwoods League’s education grants enable students to get outdoors for enriching and educational experiences among the redwoods. View and download the full press release.

0 comments
Orick Mill site. Photo by Paolo Vescia

Save the Redwoods League buys site of former old-growth mill from Green Diamond for $2M

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (September 23, 2013)—Save the Redwoods League, the only nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting redwood forests throughout their natural range, recently purchased a former mill site located at the heart of the tallest trees on Earth from Green Diamond Resource Company for $2 million. View and download the full press release.

0 comments
Sam Hodder, President and Chief Executive Officer. Photo by Paolo Vescia

Save the Redwoods League Appoints New President and Chief Executive Officer

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (September 18, 2013)—Save the Redwoods League announced that its board of directors has selected Sam Hodder as the organization’s new president and CEO. View and download the full press release.

0 comments
Owl in Muir Woods. Photo by Scott Wright, winner of 1st place in the 2013 Know Wonder Online Photo Contest

Save the Redwoods League Announces Winners of the 2013 Know Wonder Photo Contest

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (August 30, 2013) — Save the Redwoods League today revealed the three winners of its national photo contest in which 252 park enthusiasts entered their stunning images of the world’s tallest trees. View and download the full press release.

0 comments
Professor Stephen C. Sillett, PhD, studies the redwood canopy. He is among four scientists researching in the League's Initiative to help redwoods survive rapid climate change. Photo by Marie Antoine

Save the Redwoods League Climate Change Study Finds Recent Unprecedented Growth Surge in Redwoods, Plus Other Key Findings

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (August 14, 2013)—Save the Redwoods League, along with a team of renowned scientists, today announced initial findings from a multiyear study aimed at predicting how rapid global climate change will affect redwoods in old-growth forests over time. View and download the full press release.

0 comments
Since 1918, Save the Redwoods League has safeguarded special places, including the pictured Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve. Photo by Christine Aralia

Save the Redwoods League Earns National Recognition

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (July 31, 2013)—After an extensive evaluation, Save the Redwoods League has been awarded accreditation by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. Save the Redwoods League is one of only 230—out of more than 1700—land trusts in the country to have earned this status. View and download the full press release.

0 comments
Visit a redwood park, capture your trip with a camera, then enter our photo contest! Photo by Jon Parmentier, finalist in the 2010 Online Photo Contest.

Have What It Takes to Capture a Giant and Inspire a Generation?

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (July 2, 2013)—Save the Redwoods League, the only nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting ancient redwood forests throughout their natural range, today announced its online photo contest to raise awareness and protect redwood forests. The League’s Know Wonder© online photo contest invites U.S. residents to capture every angle of the redwood forest, from the smallest critters inhabiting the forest floor to the magnificence of the tree canopy, for a chance to win prizes. Through this photo contest the League encourages contest participants to experience one of the most unique ecosystems in the world. View and download the full press release.

0 comments
Noyo River Redwoods. Photo by Julie Martin

Save the Redwoods League and the Skunk Train Work Together to Reopen the Historic ‘Redwood Route’ and Preserve Old-Growth Forest

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (June 18, 2013)—Save the Redwoods League, the only nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting ancient redwood forests throughout their natural range, announced today that it has reached an agreement with the Mendocino Railway, owners and operators of the famous Skunk Train, to provide $300,000 to acquire an option for purchase of a conservation easement that will permanently protect the ancient redwoods along the train’s famous “Redwoods Route” including the Noyo River Watershed. View and download the full press release.

0 comments
Photo by Paolo Vescia

First-Ever Parent’s Guide to Redwoods Offers Travel Tips, Activities and More!

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (May 14, 2013)—Before you pack up your vehicle full of camping gear this summer be sure to download Save the Redwoods League’s new Parent’s Guide to the Coast Redwoods. This first edition provides travel tips, activities and more for parents that want to introduce children to the wonders of the redwood forest. It is chock-full of inside information on where to go, what to pack, and what to do to make the most of the experience. This valuable resource will help the busy parent, grandparent, family member or guardian plan a memorable, fun-filled adventure into the forest. View and download the full press release.

0 comments
You can help protect Peters Creek Old-Growth Forest (pictured), a rare ancient  forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Photo by Paolo Vescia

Save the Redwoods League raises $4 million to protect some of the tallest and oldest redwood forests left in the Santa Cruz Mountains

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (January 29, 2013)—Save the Redwoods League, the only nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting redwood forests throughout their natural range, reached its first major milestone by raising half of the $8 million cost to protect some of the tallest and oldest redwood forests left in San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties. To succeed, the League must raise the remaining $4 million by December 31, 2013, to complete protection of the stunning Peters Creek Old-Growth Forest in San Mateo County and protect Boulder Creek Forest in Santa Cruz County with a conservation agreement. View and download the full press release.

0 comments

2012 News Releases

If we do not purchase and protect this land today, we could lose forever the opportunity to make this ancient forest available to the public. Photo by Paolo Vescia

Save the Redwoods League launches fundraising efforts to protect some of the tallest and oldest redwood forests left in the Santa Cruz Mountains

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (November 19, 2012)—Save the Redwoods League, the only nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting ancient redwood forests throughout their natural range, launched a public fundraising campaign today to seize a rare opportunity to protect some of the tallest and oldest redwood forests left in San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties. To succeed, the League must raise $2 million by the end of 2012, and an additional $6 million by the end of 2013, to purchase the stunning Peters Creek Old-Growth Forest in San Mateo County and protect the Boulder Creek Forest in Santa Cruz County with a conservation agreement. View and download the full press release.

0 comments
Art Contest 2012

Save the Redwoods League Announces 2012 Art Contest Winners

SAN FRANCISCO (November 15, 2012) – Save the Redwoods League, the only nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting ancient redwood forests throughout their natural range, today announced the winners of the 2012 Art Contest for kids. Twelve children from throughout the United States won honors and more in the League’s “Find Me in the Redwoods” Art Contest. The art contest was designed to raise awareness of and encourage visits to redwood forests in California by asking students across the country to create and submit a drawing, painting or sketch of themselves in the redwoods. The League received over a thousand entries. View and download the full press release.

0 comments
Ruskin K. Hartley at the 2011 Noyo River Redwoods Celebration. Photo by Paolo Vescia

Save the Redwoods League Thanks Ruskin K. Hartley for 15 Years of Service to Protect Redwood Forests

SAN FRANCISCO (November 1, 2012)—Save the Redwoods League, the only nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting ancient redwoods throughout their natural range, today accepted Ruskin K. Hartley’s resignation. After 15 years of service to Save the Redwoods League and the redwoods, Hartley feels it is time for new challenges. For six of the 15 years, Hartley served as the League’s Executive Director and Secretary to the Board of Directors. Before this role, Hartley held two other positions including the Director of Conservation and Education and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist. View and download the full press release.

0 comments
Photo of Jim Larson by Larry Wagner, Fort Bragg.

Save The Redwoods League Appoints James Larson as President and Melinda Thomas as Vice President of Board Of Directors

SAN FRANCISCO (October 10, 2012) – Save the Redwoods League, the only nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting ancient redwoods throughout their natural range, today announced the appointment of James Larson and Melinda Thomas as President and Vice President of the Board of Directors, respectively. View and download the full press release.

0 comments
Photo by Wilderness Arts and Literacy Collaborative

Save The Redwoods League Education 2012 Grants Get Students Outdoors

SAN FRANCISCO (September 27, 2012) – Save the Redwoods League, the only nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting ancient redwood forests throughout their natural range, today announced its 2012 education grant recipients. The League awarded more than $100,000 to a total of 30 schools, park interpretive associations and nonprofit organizations in California. View and download the full press release.

0 comments
"Find ME in the Redwoods" 2012 art contest for kids.

Save the Redwoods League Launches National Art Contest to Encourage Kids to Protect Redwoods

SAN FRANCISCO (September 7, 2012) – Save the Redwoods League, the only nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting redwood forests throughout their natural range, today announced its third annual redwoods art contest for kids. The League’s Find Me in the Redwoods art contest is a simple way to encourage America’s students to have fun, connect with nature and help protect one of our country’s most iconic natural wonders. View and download the full press release.

0 comments
Portola Redwoods State Park is home to some of the tallest, most majestic redwoods in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Portola Redwoods State Park to Remain Open

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (June 22, 2012) – With park closures looming, three leading bay area conservation organizations – Peninsula Open Space Trust, Portola and Castle Rock Foundation and Save the Redwoods League – have joined forces to help keep Portola Redwoods State Park open. This temporary reprieve will allow the park to remain open for the next 12 months while the nonprofits will work with California State Parks to develop a long-term solution and plan that would set Portola Redwoods on a path towards sustainability and excellence. The ultimate goal of the partnership is to protect some of the tallest, most majestic redwoods in the Santa Cruz Mountains for all park enthusiasts to experience and enjoy. View and download the full press release.

0 comments
A League-funded project by Robert York and William Stewart of the University of California will contribute to the basic understanding of how giant sequoia forests like this one respond to disturbances such as fire. Photo by iriskh, Flickr Creative Commons

Save the Redwoods League Awards Nearly $100,000 for Research

SAN FRANCISCO (February 14, 2012) — Save the Redwoods League today announced more than $100,000 in research grants to fund projects that will expand scientific knowledge of the biology and ecology of coast redwood and giant sequoia forests. This research can help us answer big questions that will protect the health of people, wildlife, redwood forests and the entire planet. The grants were awarded to researchers at San Francisco State University, University of Wisconsin, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Department of Agriculture and The Regents of the University of California. The League is the only nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting ancient redwood forests throughout their natural range. View and download the full press release.

0 comments
Top