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Redwoods and the Economy

Why does the League work tirelessly to save the redwoods?  For all the reasons you, our supporters, so eloquently state on our webpages:  “they are beautiful, peaceful, humbling, inspiring…” according to a recent visitor.

Yet there is another important, practical reason.  Protecting the redwoods is essential to our economic future. Our public lands contribute to the nation’s economic well-being in numerous ways.  Not too long ago, some of our leading economists wrote to President Obama reminding him that protected public lands in conjunction with investment in education and access to markets are significant contributors to economic growth.

The economists continued:  “Increasingly, entrepreneurs are basing their business location decisions on the quality of life in an area. Businesses are recruiting talented employees by promoting access to beautiful, nearby public lands.”

The League has protected some 200,000 acres of redwood forest with the generous financial support of our members as well as with grants from foundations and grants from the federal and state government.  Those contributions protect the iconic redwood forest while also providing the framework for a stable economy where people wish to live and play and thrive.

Feeling inspired to help? Make a donation today to help us save redwoods now and into the future!

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About Harry Pollack


Harry joined Save the Redwoods League’s staff in 2011 as the General Counsel. He brings over 30 years of experience in the fields of law and real estate transactions.

Another Side of Cemex


This week I explored Cemex Redwoods in the Santa Cruz Mountains with my colleagues.  I’d been there many times, but this time felt different because I walked into corners of the expansive property that I hadn’t seen before. During my Continued

Burned tree in Redwood National Park.

Where do forests come from?


Whenever I’m out in the forest, I can’t help but think about how it all got started.  Even though the redwoods may seem timeless and unchanging, they almost always began in turmoil.  These periods of rapid change are known as Continued

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