Supporters join to secure greater protection around beloved forest
Inspired by the magical and majestic Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve in Mendocino County, our donors came together to support our year-end campaign around the Montgomery Woods Initiative. Generous redwood lovers from all over the United States contributed, as well as friends in Germany, England, Canada, Portugal and Switzerland. We exceeded our generous $250,000 challenge grant, provided by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
This project is a big idea and allows us to bring all of our expertise to the table to protect, restore, and connect people to this park. We’ll reconstruct and expand the 2-mile perimeter loop trail and protect damaged redwood roots and water crossings during phase one. This park is a hidden gem and your support will help protect this old-growth grove and connect the surrounding landscape of conserved forest.
Our efforts in total have raised more than $2.75 million toward our $3 million project need. Enjoyed and protected by generations of stewards, including native people, families and scientists, Montgomery Woods will continue to inspire generations of visitors.
Many thanks to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for providing the matching grant and to all the 3,000+ donors who came together to help make much-needed improvements on this stunning forest.
2 Responses to “A big thank you from Montgomery Woods”
How is expanding the trail system protecting Montgomery Woods? There are already beyond capacity visitors there. This isn’t Muir Woods. Getting more people into old growth groves shouldn’t be the aim of our stewardship.
This debacle has made me see Save The Redwoods as being extremely out of touch and self serving. I am happy to discuss and hear back, but haven’t received responses from my earlier emails.
Thanks for the question. For starters, much of the infrastructure in the park is unsafe, particularly some of the bridges and walkways, which only exacerbates accessibility issues. Another reason to expand the trail system is to address the growing problem of community trails in the park. People are currently walking all over the central part of the park, trampling plants, etc. A few trails into the inner part of the park would draw that traffic to specific places where they can enjoy the area without causing habitat issues.