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This is a place for personal insights into our work by Save the Redwoods League leaders. You can explore posts by category: It Takes a Forest SM focuses on League project and program updates; Off the Beaten Path gets you into the redwood forest; Redwoods Futures illuminates the issues affecting our redwood forests; and The Eighth Wonders explores the art, education, and science of the redwood forests. Please join the conversation by posting your stories and comments.

A group of visitors walk along a paved footpath through a redwoods forest.

Landmark conservation bill moves forward

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Great American Outdoors Act could have tremendous benefits to redwoods: In a major advance for what could end up being the most far-reaching conservation legislation in decades, the U.S. Senate recently passed the Great American Outdoors Act, which will lock in billions of dollars for national parks, outdoor recreation facilities, and land conservation.

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Video: Redwoods Rising gets to work

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Save the Redwoods League, California State Parks, and the National Park Service got together in June on Facebook to talk about Redwoods Rising, a joint partnership to restore 70,000 acres of redwood forest in Redwood National & State Parks. Work on this massive endeavor got underway in earnest in June.

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Book cover of Who Saved the Redwoods? The Unsung Heroines of the 1920s Who Fought for Our Redwood Forests by Laura and James Wasserman. The book is resting on a redwood log.

Spotlight on Forest Heroines

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Women Who Played Crucial Roles in Redwoods Conservation Who Saved the Redwoods? The Unsung Heroines of the 1920s Who Fought for Our Redwood Forests Laura and James Wasserman Who Saved the Redwoods is an absorbing, well-researched account of the mid-1910s Continued


Close up view of Redwood sorrel growing on a mossy log. The background is out of focus, giving an atmospheric feel of dappled light shining through the canopy.

Coolest Thing I’ve Seen in the Forest

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In the last edition of Redwoods, we invited you to tell us the coolest thing you’ve seen in the forest. Here’s what our members and fans have to say. Our Question for the Next Edition What is your favorite activity Continued


A California condor glides over Big Sur, California. Photo by Sebastian Kennerknecht/Minden Pictures.

Soaring Soon

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Federal agencies and the Yurok Tribe have partnered to reintroduce California condors to Redwood National and State Parks. Before too long, visitors to Redwood National and State Parks may spy the condors, which have been missing from the area for more than 100 years.

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Logging Miles on the Travel Log

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National Public Radio tells the story: “From 1917-1921, Kellogg took his Travel Log on the road. He drove it across the country four times, coast to coast, bringing word of the redwoods to people who had never heard, let alone imagined, there could be such trees. He spoke of the accelerated logging taking place in the redwood forests, made impassionate pleas for the trees’ preservation, and spread the word about a fledgling organization looking for members. It was called the Save the Redwoods League.”

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A photographer wearing a sun hat and khakis stoops at the bottom of a sloping hill while aiming a camera at the young redwood forest.

Is it OK to use redwood as a building material?

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Can people who care about protecting redwood forests buy these redwood products with a clear conscience? Douglas D. Piirto, Ph.D., provides his perspective as an expert on the subject. He is a California Registered Professional Forester with broad experience studying and managing redwood forests on public and private lands.

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A long line of people wearing yellow, white, and blue construction hats walk through ferns past a large redwood tree stump. Photo by Max Forster

Put Californians back to work through conservation

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Redwoods restoration can integrate climate adaptation into economic recovery As Governor Newsom and California’s lawmakers grapple with how best to mitigate impacts of COVID-19 on our lives, health and the economy, the people of our state have voted with their Continued


New 2020 Redwoods Rising apprentices pose for a picture at their first field outing.

Building a Conservation Workforce As We Restore Young Forests

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A new bill authored by Senator Maria Elena Durazo, SB 1296––titled the Nature & Parks Career Pathway and Community Resiliency Act––seeks to build jobs in the natural resource field by focusing on job creation and training in working class communities and communities of color.

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The Allure of Big Sur

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Life is a journey, not a destination. That’s Big Sur—a journey, the quintessential scenic route. Named for the pioneer family that conveyed to the state of California a key piece of land here, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park is home to some of the region’s most impressive redwoods. From fanciful trees and hidden swimming holes to dramatic coastline vistas, the southern end of the coast redwood range beckons along Highway 1.

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Senate bill aims for new jobs, green recovery

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A new bill authored by Senator Maria Elena Durazo, SB 1296––titled the Nature & Parks Career Pathway and Community Resiliency Act––seeks to build jobs in the natural resource field by focusing on job creation and training in working class communities and communities of color.

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A wide visitors trail in Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Photo by Peter C. Buranzon.

Tips for summer travel to the redwoods

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Every summer, millions of people from around the world descend on California’s redwood country, the central and northern coast redwood forests, as well as the giant sequoia groves in the Sierra. But with the continuing COVID-19 crisis, summer 2020 is shaping up to be a travel season like no other before it.

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A rainbow flag overlaid on an image of a redwoods forest.

Instagram Inspiration from LGBTQ+ People in Nature

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We at the League are inspired by the awesome work being done by the LGBTQ+ community to bring beautiful diversity to the culture of outdoor recreation and nature appreciation. This June, we wish to celebrate Pride by honoring the rich tapestry of identities that together make up a wonderfully diverse and colorful spectrum of queer experiences.

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Video: Everyone belongs in nature

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Feels like we could all use the peace and healing of the redwoods, so here’s a short video of our most spectacular landscapes. With a reminder that these are places where everyone belongs.

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Square cropped photo of author Teresa Baker, a black woman, smiling outside on a wide trail. She wears a scarf, green puffy coat, dark pants and grey sneakers with pink accents.

While Hiking Solo, Nature Speaks

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Community Voices is a series in which guest writers share their perspectives on redwood forests. Advocate for Diversity Outdoors Revels in Solitude and Beauty Among Redwoods I often refer to myself as a “lazy weekend hiker.” The joy isn’t in Continued


Cascade Creek: A Keystone Forest Protected

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The League’s Forever Forest Campaign for the Redwoods is providing support to this project. Learn more Save the Redwoods League reached our fundraising goals and expects to finalize the purchase of this breathtaking coast redwood forest in the coming weeks, Continued


Redwoods Rising collaborators at kick-off event.

Forests of Opportunity

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With the public launch of our Forest Forest Campaign, the League scales up our pace, reach, and impact.

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Changing California’s Story

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With the public launch of our Forever Forest Campaign, the League scales up our pace, reach, and impact. We shift our focus now to the 1.5 million acres of young, logged forests that surround those islands of ancient trees. These are the old-growth forests of the future—the Forever Forest.

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