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What Do These Commonly-Used Words Really Mean?

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Today is World Dictionary Day, and in honor of that I’d like to discuss a few words that are used a lot in our conservation science work.  They are: Precision, Accuracy, and Bias.  These may seem familiar, but they have Continued

The Coastal Trail, Last Chance section, Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park. Photo by David Baselt

Do You Want to Move State Parks Forward?

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Save the Redwoods League does. In this fast-changing world, we either move forward or we are left behind. California’s state parks house some of the world’s most treasured natural resources, including large portions of our beloved redwood forest.  We visit Continued

Big Win in Court for a Small Endangered Bird

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Marbled murrelets haven’t had an easy century.  With their oceanic feeding grounds impacted by commercial fishing and the occasional oil spill, and their ancient forest nesting grounds mostly lost to the axe and the saw, these shy creatures have had Continued

Barred Owls – Should They Stay or Should They Go?

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The recent winner of our photo contest photographed a barred owl sitting on the branch of a redwood tree – an image difficult to capture as owls are more often heard than seen. But this image raises the question of Continued

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Revving Up Research

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Each year, we at the League are fortunate to be able to help shape and develop new knowledge about the redwood forest.  Through our research grants program, we sponsor several teams of scientists who are working to answer a wide Continued

Salmon Monitoring in Redwood Creek

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Each year, the League funds individual research projects that help advance our knowledge of the biology, ecology, and conservation of coast redwood and giant sequoia forests.  In 2008, a grant was awarded to Walter Duffy and Michael Sparkman of Humboldt Continued

Smokey the Bear: An American Icon

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If you have ever visited a National Forest you are probably familiar with the famous quote, “Only YOU can prevent wildfires,” by none other than Smokey the Bear. Smokey first appeared to us in 1944 as the symbol of fire Continued

What Makes a Blue Bird Blue?

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In the gray-green dim of the redwood forest, a flash of blue ignites the dusky understory.  A Steller’s jay alights upon a tanoak limb, chattering madly.  The brightness of its feathers seems incongruous with the dark of the forest, a Continued

A Surprise in the Forest

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Hiking through the forest is often meditative for me. The familiarity of the trees, the sound of the birds, and the smell of the plants allow my mind to wander and ponder life. But sometimes I am stopped in my Continued

Native American Use of Fire

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In discussing fire, it is important to think about who managed the forests before us, and how that has influenced what the forests look like today. Many different Native American groups lived throughout the redwood region, each utilizing the natural Continued

One Way to Manage and Protect a Forest: Burn It

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Lately we have been thinking a lot about fire. It is fire season in California and sadly huge fires in the west are making headlines with their destructive activity. So, we’ve been discussing ways to decrease these devastating forest fires. Continued

Fire Season

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Along with spring, summer, autumn and winter, California has a fifth season – fire season.  After a couple of dry winters, the current fire season in California is predicted to be one of the most intense on record.  Habitats from Continued

Strengthened Relationships Key to Conservation Success

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Stronger alliances and more collaboration are key for better protection of northern California’s farms, fish and forests for future generations.  That message resonated with the passionate conservation professionals attending the California Council of Land Trusts’ (CCLT) recent California Northern Region Continued

How Lizards Help Save Us from Lyme Disease

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With all the talk these days about ticks and Lyme disease, it’s good to know that at least some creatures are looking out for us.  Blue-belly lizards (also known as the western fence lizard, or Sceloporus occidentalis) are a common Continued

The League’s Shady Dell Work is Honored

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Save the Redwoods League’s work in preserving the Shady Dell tract on the southern end of the Lost Coast and adjacent to the Usal Redwood Forest, home of the famous candelabra trees, recently earned a special honor. The League was Continued

Share and Share Alike

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In an early version of a now-famous passage, John Muir wrote, “When we try to pick out anything by itself we find that it is bound fast by a thousand invisible cords that cannot be broken, to everything in the Continued

Is Save the Redwoods League Going into the Railroad Business?

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Conservation work comes in all shapes and sizes. Protecting, restoring, and sharing the redwood forest with the public is a broad mission, and we look to achieve it through a diversity of efforts. Sometimes the League’s projects are as obvious as Continued

Skunk Train Stories

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There is only one place you can enjoy the last remaining “motorcar” train choo-chooing through a forest of giant, ancient redwoods: the Skunk Train in Mendocino County! Built as a logging railroad in 1885 for moving giant, felled redwoods to Continued

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