George Shultz was a true friend to the redwoods

Our deepest condolences go out to the Mailliard family for their loss

We at Save the Redwoods League were saddened to hear of the recent passing of George Shultz. He and his wife Charlotte Mailliard Shultz are true friends to the redwoods, and we had the great honor of working with their family to permanently protect with conservation easements an extraordinary coast redwood forest on Charlotte’s family ranch in southern Mendocino County, Mailliard Ranch.  

Three people sitting side by side smiling with a redwood forest and other people in the background
MENDOCINO, CA – June 25 – George Shultz, Sam Hodder and Charlotte Shultz attend Canopy Club Celebration: BBQ and Bluegrass Under the Redwoods June 25th 2016 at Malliard Ranch in Mendocino, CA (Photo – Drew Altizer)

At our 2017 Annual Meeting, the Mailliards hosted our Council in the ranch’s exquisite old-growth Cathedral Grove for a picnic luncheon, during which George gave some remarks that put our collective conservation efforts in a globaleven spiritualcontext. League President and CEO Sam Hodder recounts, “It was a great honor and so inspiring to spend a day under the canopy with Secretary George Shultz, who, in addition to being a cabinet member across multiple administrations, was also a leading voice in defense of nature and in combating climate change. I will never forget that afternoon when he led usstaff and volunteer leaders of the Leaguein a moment of silence among the ancient redwoods that meant so much to him, and he shared his sincerest hope that the peace and beauty of a redwood grove could inspire peace and stewardship in all the world.”  

Charlotte and George also were Honorary Chairs of our Centennial Celebration Gala in 2018, helping to celebrate 100 years of Save the Redwoods League protecting and restoring the redwood forest and connecting people to its peace and beauty. We are so proud of our great partnership with the Mailliards, and we are grateful to George Shultz, Charlotte Mailliard Shultz, and the entire Mailliard family for their commitment to that work. 

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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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