Redwoods Futures

The Future of Redwood Conservation

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Much has been said about the importance of old-growth redwood forests. Their superlative beauty, their mind-bending longevity, their capacity to sequester carbon, and their ability to inspire peace, awe, and contemplation are all reasons why our commitment to their protection Continued

John D. Rockefeller Jr. and Newton Drury, Secretary of Save the Redwoods League, pictured here on the right, enjoy California’s redwoods in 1926. Both men did a great deal to protect redwood forests.

Celebrating the Past and Future of Our Parks

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In 2014, California State Parks (CSP) will be 150 years old. The park system has come a long way in that time; from the first park at Yosemite to the 280 parks that currently make our system the largest in Continued

Sam Hodder, President and Chief Executive Officer. Photo by Paolo Vescia

Happy Thanksgiving, Friends of Save the Redwoods League!

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Sam Hodder, president and CEO of Save the Redwoods League, sends his heartfelt thanks to all of you friends and supporters of the League.   Tweet to @SamH4Redwoods and tell us what you’re thankful for!

Critical Conservation at Strybing Botanical Garden

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Not many people know this, but I can trace my career as a redwood conservation scientist back to Strybing Botanical Garden in San Francisco. It was during a field trip to Strybing in 1998 that I sat and sketched plants Continued

Students measure fern fronds through a Save the Redwoods League education program at Redwood Regional Park. Photo ©Save the Redwoods League.

Our Redwood Classrooms

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Bay Area residents got a sneak peek into the hopes and dreams of the Department of the Interior last week when Secretary Sally Jewell came to Crissy Field (external link) to announce the department’s new campaign to connect the next Continued

League and parks staff visit the former site of the Orick Mill, 45 acres of concrete with a lot of potential. Photo by Paolo Vescia

Opportunity Comes in All Shapes and Sizes

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When thinking of redwood conservation, the mind doesn’t naturally jump to a vast expanse of pavement.  Save the Redwoods League is hoping to change that.  We have just acquired the Orick Mill property in Humboldt County that includes 45 acres Continued

Have you noticed that the League is featured in the WPA murals at the Beach Chalet? On the right is Jack Spring, general manager of the Parks and Rec Dept.

A Passion for Redwoods, a Commitment to Parks

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This year we mark the 70th anniversary of the death of John McLaren, one of America’s great park leaders. Born and raised in Scotland and trained as a horticulturalist, McLaren is responsible for much of the vision and construction of Continued

The spotted owl is another irreplaceable redwoods inhabitant. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

It’s About the Critters Too!

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The League is working to move State Parks forward to protect the many species that call the redwood forest home. As my colleague Richard Campbell wrote in his blog last week, saving old-growth redwoods is not the same as saving Continued

The Douglas Fir and the Mouse

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Have you ever been walking in the forest and seen a cone, and wondered what tree it was from? This happens to me all the time. Sometimes it can be difficult to identify conifers (cone-bearing trees) because their branches can Continued

Are Old-Growth Redwoods (Functionally) Extinct?

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A new research study published in Nature (found here; and excellent summary is here) got me thinking about the work we do to restore redwood forests. Basically, the idea behind the research is this: species perform many roles beyond just Continued

League Earns National Accreditation!

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Remember your excitement and pride upon receiving your first soccer trophy?  Or an award for your 5th grade science project?  Or the spelling bee? We at the League now feel that way upon being accredited by the Land Trust Alliance!  Continued

May Membership Madness a Success!

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Many thanks to everyone who participated in our first-ever May Membership Madness campaign! We’re thrilled to welcome all our new members, and thankful for all our existing members who spread the redwood love by gifting a membership to a friend. Continued

East Bay Redwood

The Last Redwood of the East Bay

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High above the sprawling city, the heat from rooftops and roads casts a shimmering haze mirrored by the ocean beyond.  Here, rising above the oak and bay forest, its trunk twisted and scarred by centuries of wind and fire, it Continued

We're in this together. Photo by Paolo Vescia

May Membership Madness!

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It’s a Great Time to Join the League! The best hope for keeping the redwoods protected is making sure there are people like you committed to supporting them year after year. That’s why I hope you’ll join us as we kick Continued

Giant redwood crowns loom over a canopy of lesser trees (Picea sitchensis, Tsuga heterophylla) in JSRSP. Photo by Stephen Sillett

Clone the best, forget the rest?

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People are cloning the world’s oldest redwoods. Archangel Ancient Tree Archive is planting their clones en masse around the world in an effort to create robust forests of the future. They say these ancient clones will reverse deforestation across the Continued

Another Side of Cemex

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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

The League will own, steward and manage Shady Dell for the foreseeable future until we can transfer it to a permanent steward.

The Tasks Ahead

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“To some it might appear that, having accomplished what will be considered one of the greatest pieces of conservation work in America, the Redwoods League might not have a place of as great importance in the future as that occupied Continued

You helped us protect the Noyo River Redwoods. Photo by Julie Martin

The Fight to Save the Redwoods: Then and Now

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Since 1918, Save the Redwoods League has been fighting to fund redwoods protection all the while the funding for land conservation in California has continued to change. More recently, between 2002 and 2006, the voters of California approved bond measures to Continued

Peters Creek Old-Growth Forest by Paolo Vescia

Good News For Old-Growth!

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We have some good news here at Save the Redwoods League, and we’re thrilled about it! We have reached a major milestone by raising half of the $8 million cost to protect some of the tallest and oldest redwood forests Continued

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