Magazine published twice a year by Save the Redwoods League
Magazine published twice a year by Save the Redwoods League
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Welcome to this edition of Redwoods, featuring insights from leading scientists on redwoods and climate change.
In a world increasingly defined by the deterioration of global natural treasures — receding glaciers, dammed and dying rivers, unprecedented rates of species extinction — Save the Redwoods League has a story of hope and resilience to tell. The League’s Redwoods and Climate Change Initiative (RCCI) has led to incredible discoveries in California’s old-growth coast redwood and giant sequoia forests over the last decade. We have learned that because of ancient redwoods’ extraordinary growth rate and life span, immense size, and singular resistance to decay, they store more carbon per acre than any other forest type in the world. That is worth writing again. The California forests whose fates are in our hands are the best in the world at storing carbon — by a long shot. As such, the redwoods are a tremendous resource in mitigating climate change and building resilience into our ecosystems. But most of the coast redwood forests that remain today — 93 percent of the range — are young and recovering from decades of logging. So we are now studying second-growth forests, the landscape of young redwood trees growing back after commercial harvesting, the young redwood forests that now dominate the Northern California coast.
In terms of carbon storage, we know old-growth coast redwood and giant sequoia forests are first and second on the global list. Remarkable early RCCI results show that the largest second-growth forest we’ve studied has recaptured about 25 percent of the biomass — and therefore, carbon storage — of the world record-holder for biomass, the forest of Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. Redwood biomass includes a high component of decay-resistant heartwood, which means it’s more likely to hold onto carbon longer than other tree wood can. These discoveries should dramatically change how we think about and steward these forests.
As we learn how second-growth redwood forests are among the extraordinary performers in helping to reduce greenhouse gases, we are starting work to accelerate their recovery, and we are renewing our investment in their restoration. Together, we can set in motion the restoration of the world’s superlative forests, and regenerate the redwood ecosystem that will sustain and inspire future generations. And in so doing, we have an extraordinary opportunity to leave the world better than we found it.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Save the Redwoods League
Voting for Redwoods
I really liked reading about the current legislation so I can vote for things that support our environment — I trust Save the Redwoods to endorse sound environmental policy. I also like seeing maps of new land that is preserved, and the vacation ideas make me want to head up there.
Learning How to Protect Forests
All the articles in the issue are amazing. The magazine does a terrific job at describing issues that redwoods face and what we as citizens can do to help protect such beautiful and vital species of trees.
Photos Stir Fond Memories
The photos were awe-inspiring. Perhaps you could publish photo journeys of some of the hikes you have highlighted. I live in Pennsylvania and had the chance to be absorbed in the wonders of the sequoia and redwood forest a few years back. The magazine brought back those memories and appreciation of our local forests in the Pennsylvania wilds.
Reducing vegetation buildups and thinning overcrowded forests are crucial practices as the climate changes.
Explore the many ways to play in Roberts Regional Recreation Area, an Oakland forest oasis.
After a decade of research studying the impacts of climate change throughout redwood forests, the Redwoods and Climate Change Initiative (RCCI) shares new insight into how coast redwood trees are growing today.
The League, members, and partners support a campaign to mitigate the impacts of off-trail hikers in the Grove of Titans, a gem and champion carbon sink.
Author Mark Hertsgaard says if we humans do our part, we can build a future in which we and redwoods continue to flourish.
Writer Amanda Machado recounts how visiting the redwoods with her family and friends made the outdoors feel culturally like home.
New and longtime supporters marked the Centennial of Save the Redwoods and welcomed a new conservation era.
Free Second Saturdays program starts a family’s tradition of enjoying redwood parks.
In the early 1900s, prominent women leveraged their positions in society to raise support for ancient forests.
Youths are motivated to make a difference after learning about the impact of climate change on redwood forests.
Song of Six Rivers
Stretch to the Sun: from a Tiny Sprout to the Tallest Tree on Earth
Generous League supporter Dr. John A. Woollam has led the charge to protect old-growth forests, and has inspired others to follow his example.
More than 1,400 members contributed to the League’s first crowdfunded grove in Peters Creek Old-Growth Forest, a League-owned property.
See what they have to say, and tell us about your favorite redwoods park.
Learn about the plants and animals of the redwood forests, and see if you can find all the climate-change terms in our puzzle.
Chief Marketing and Communications Officer and Editorial Director
Senior Manager of Marketing Communications and Managing Editor
Art Direction and Design
Regan Ranoa, Senior Manager of Digital Marketing
Marcos Castineiras, Digital Marketing Specialist
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Protect and restore our redwood forests for future generations through your generosity today: Become a member of the Canopy Club with an annual gift of $10,000 or more, or the Redwood Leadership Circle with an annual gift of $1,000 or more, and enjoy special redwoods experiences. For more information, contact Georgia Young, Director of Major Gifts.
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