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Student Perspectives: What Have You Heard Today?

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When was the last time you stood still and didn’t hear voices, traffic, or the bustle of everyday life? I bet you’re now thinking that there isn’t any place close enough to us in San Francisco where this would even be possible. That’s why I’m here to tell you that there are options close by!

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This Land Is Your Land

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You are the proud owner of over 250 million acres of land (external link) — majestic redwoods, breath-taking beaches, and erupting volcanoes. Over 100 years ago, President Theodore Roosevelt Jr. signed into action the Antiquities Act which paved way for the protection of the beautiful valleys and mountain tops of our national monuments.

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The League’s recent transfer of the Berry Glen Trail Connection property to Redwood National Park provides a significant portion of the limited habitat used by herds of Roosevelt elks, which draw thousands of tourists and photographers each year. Photo by Paolo Vescia

League Transfers Key Hiking Junction and Wildlife Habitat to Redwood National Park

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Today, the League transferred the 5.9-acre Berry Glen Trail Connection property to Redwood National Park (RNP), securing crucial wildlife habitat and important trail connections into the park’s two largest ancient redwood groves. The transfer is a significant step forward in protecting lands in the Prairie Creek Scenic Corridor, a long and narrow stretch of privately held lands surrounded by park lands. Learn more about this important transfer.

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Bill holds a seedling at the Mill Creek nursery in Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park. Photo by Mark Bult

League Honors a Scientist and Leader

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Dr. William J. Libby, a forest geneticist and a longtime volunteer leader for Save the Redwoods League, reflects on the highlights of his career and League service as he transitions to the role of Honorary Councilor. A cherished memory of his League tenure, among many, is traveling to a remote part of China to retrace the footsteps of the first Westerner to see a live dawn redwood.

Read more about Libby’s journey and hopes for the redwoods’ future.

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Permanent Protection for Dramatic Forest

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About a 2½-hour drive north of San Francisco, the League’s magnificent 870-acre Stewarts Point property has taken another step forward on its conservation and restoration journey. New agreements permanently protect the redwood forest, coast and a stretch of the South Fork Gualala River. Agreements will also grant an indigenous tribe permanent access to the seaside bluffs for ceremonies and ensure a public trail will open in 2019.

Learn More: See two videos, photos, a map and the complete story.

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One year after decommissioning, native plants have grown on a former logging road at Headwaters Forest Reserve. Redwood seedlings were planted as part of the restoration. Photo by Humboldt State University.

Restoring the Forest to Benefit Wildlife, People, Climate

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Protecting the redwood forest isn’t just about preservation — it’s also about restoration. Save the Redwoods League helps restore habitat for wildlife that depends on ancient forests. With your gifts, we also speed development of tomorrow’s beautiful old-growth groves. These groves will help mitigate climate-changing greenhouse gases, and they’ll provide clean water for people and animals.

See the video and story, and learn how you can help more.

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Grizzly Creek State Park. © 2010, California State Parks. Photo by Brian Baer

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

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Save the Redwoods League, California State Parks and the California State Parks Foundation have collaborated to create #GreenFriday, a new Thanksgiving tradition that promotes the enjoyment and appreciation of California’s magnificent state parks. Thanks to the support of members and donors from Save the Redwoods League and the California State Park Foundation, more than 13,000 free vehicle day-use passes will be available to visitors for use at one of the 116 participating state parks. The passes will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis and cover day-use admission and parking fees. Learn more and get your pass today!

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Photo by Jon Parmentier

North Coast Initiative: Protect the Forests of the Future

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Together with our conservation partners, we are taking action to put the redwood homeland back on the path to vibrance and vitality. We call this collaboration the North Coast Initiative, and we are focusing our efforts in and around Redwood National and State Parks. We will acquire land near established parks, connect preserves, heal damaged forests, and expand opportunities for visitors to the redwoods.

Learn more about the North Coast Initiative.

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Redwoods photo by David Baselt

How to Take Great Photos in the Redwoods

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The first rule of nature photography is to take in the scenery before you begin snapping shots willy-nilly. This will give you a feel for the scenes you want to capture. Once you have an idea of a few photos you’d like to get, set up for them and take your time with each one. The intention behind your images will show through when you get home to view them.

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