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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.

Mountain lion at Red Hill

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As we monitor and research the habitat at Red Hill to determine future conservation strategies, we find some really cool stuff on our trail cameras. For instance, these shots of a mountain lion captured just a few days ago. Big thanks to our wildlife biologist friends at Colibiri Consulting for catching this moment on camera.

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Defiant Redwood of the Week: Stagg Tree

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The Stagg Tree is the fifth largest known tree in the world, centuries old. The League acquired this great tree as part of its recent acquisition of Alder Creek. At eye level, it has so many scars on its trunk from fire and weather that it’s hard to imagine what the original tree looked like. At some point, fire got through the bark of this massive tree and carved out a tunnel that now stands as some kind of flying buttress. But the tree lives on, growing wider and taller.

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Book reading: Redwoods, by Jason Chin

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Your kids will enjoy this great reading of Redwoods, by Jason Chin, narrated by Deborah Zierten, the League’s Education & Interpretation Manager.

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Redwood playlist #5

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The League’s Marcos Castineiras put together this mellow Spotify playlist that nicely captures the feeling of a morning in the redwoods. Hit play and you can almost feel the dappled sunlight coming through the canopy.

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How California State Parks is bringing redwoods into people’s homes

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We interview the interpreters who are keeping people connected to the outdoors during the COVID-19 crisis. The League’s Dana Poblete jumped on a Zoom video call with two of these interpreters – Ryan Spencer at Humboldt Redwoods State Park and Angie Edmunds at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park – to learn more about this terrific program.

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Across a footpath in the distance, a hiker stands before Giant Tree, looking upwards.

Defiant Redwood of the Week: Giant Tree

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Giant Tree in the Rockefeller Loop of Humboldt Redwoods State Park is not the biggest or the tallest, but it might be the most coast redwood-ish. And that’s probably why it got its designation from the American Forestry Association as the National Champion Coast Redwood in 1991.

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Video: Experience the Giant Sequoia

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Before you go sprinting into another crazy day, take a moment to experience the giant sequoia. Follow along on with us on a relaxing tour of a giant sequoia forest, in this new addition to our Redwoods Recharge collection of calming videos.

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Rufous hummingbird. Photo by Peter Pearsall.

Spring Birds in the Redwood Forests

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Spring migration brings many opportunities to spot some of the coolest birds of the coast redwood and giant sequoia forests. Keep an eye out for some of our favorites below—in your backyard, on your neighborhood walks, or in the forests if you’re lucky enough to have access to them.

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How to make redwood cookies

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Learn how you can take advantage of the spring’s new redwood needles to flavor delicious shortbread cookies. C’mon, set aside your sourdough starter and give it a try.

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General Sherman Tree. Photograph by Bill Fletcher

Defiant Redwood of the Week: General Sherman Tree

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The General Sherman Tree is about 2,000 years old and is a giant among giants. Considered the world’s largest tree, measured by volume, it stands 275 feet tall. In a world full of threats and challenges, it has planted its roots and set its defenses. It is strong and ready.

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Dawn Redwood, photo by J.G. in SF

10 nerdy cool things about redwoods

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Help connect kids to redwoods from afar by teaching them fun redwood forest facts – starting with these 10 neat facts you may not know about the redwoods.

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Album art for this chill Spotify playlist about the redwoods.

Redwood playlist #4

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Allegra Krasznekewicz, League councilor, put together this week’s great playlist.

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Lupine is a wildflower found in redwood forests. Photo by Max Forster.

Wildflowers of the redwood forests

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If it’s spring, it’s wildflower season. Wildflower season is one of the best times to experiences California’s great outdoors. While we can’t get out there to see them ourselves, we thought it would be nice to recall some of our favorites that pop up under the tall trees.

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