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Since 1918, Save the Redwoods League has protected and restored redwood forests and connected people with their peace and beauty so these wonders of the natural world flourish.

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Escape crowds at these 6 enthralling, lesser-known redwood parks

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ExploreRedwoods.org has long showcased more than 100 national, state, and local redwood parks in California as well as a few in Oregon. To help narrow your choices as summer approaches, consider these favorite, off-the-beaten-track parks as chosen by Save the …

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Video: Biking the San Vicente Redwoods with World Champion Kate Courtney

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We invited World Champion and Olympic mountain biker Kate Courtney to ride the trails of San Vicente Redwoods to demonstrate the relationship between conservation and recreation. Late last year, a new network of trails opened to the public at San …

A dense stand of redwoods and ferns covering the forest floor. A person stands in the midground.

10 amazing redwoods photos for Earth Day

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The 53rd Earth Day is coming up on April 22, with its worldwide demonstrations of support for environmental protection and celebrations of our planet’s natural wonders. Among these wonders are the magnificent coast redwood and giant sequoia forests. Enjoy some …

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Save the Redwoods League Grants More than $160,000 for New Scientific Research in the Coast Redwood and Giant Sequoia Ranges

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The League is thrilled to once again offer starter grants to underrepresented graduate and undergraduate students to nurture a diversity of perspectives in redwoods research. We have selected nine interesting and well-designed projects that will increase knowledge of the effects of climate change and fire on forest communities and allow us to better understand the interactions of life within redwood forests.

Adults plant a tree as dozens of schoolchildren watch in 1908.

Happy Arbor Day. What is it?

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Ask the average person to define Arbor Day, and a likely response is, “It’s something to do with trees.” While Arbor Day isn’t the most popular holiday in America, it’s been celebrated in the nation since April 10, 1872, when …

Three people walking through a forest of giant redwoods on a trail lined with tall ferns.

7 awesome backpacking trips in the redwoods

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Day hikes are one way to experience the awe of California’s coast redwood and giant sequoia forests, but there’s nothing like the immersive experience of backpacking in these places. Carrying everything you’ll need allows you to reach parts of the …

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10 of the strangest trees in the redwoods

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A redwood forest typically includes tree after towering, straight tree, an expanse of magnificent columnar trunks reaching skyward. But there are odd redwoods out there. Here are some brow-raising examples.

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8 early blooms herald spring’s approach

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Spring doesn’t start until March 20, but that doesn’t stop the blooms in the coast redwood forests, even in the recent, unusual snow. Look out for these beauties, blooming now and in the coming months. Western trillium Milkmaid Redwood sorrel …

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9 weird plants and animals of redwood forests

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Coast redwood forests and giant sequoia groves are famous for their iconic beauty, but lesser known are the peculiar wonders they harbor. Here are a handful.

An illustration showing the layers beneath the bark of a redwood tree: phloem, cambium, sapwood, and heartwood.

What lies beneath: Anatomy of redwoods

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Under the bark of coast redwoods and giant sequoias are many layers, each with an important job in the growth and protection of the tree. Bark – the outer layer of the tree, the bark, protects the tree from damage …