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Legacy & Leadership: Celebrating 100 Years with our Supporters

Inaugural Redwood Legacy Circle Luncheon at The Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley.

We’re just over halfway through the year, and 2018 has already proven to be legendary for Save the Redwoods League. As you have probably heard, this year is the League’s 100th birthday, which has been a joyous cause for celebration! I am so glad that we were able to share our festivities and show our appreciation for members of the Redwood Legacy Circle, who have committed to the long-term protection of the redwoods by including the League in their estate plans.

At the beginning of May, we held our inaugural Redwood Legacy Circle Luncheon at UC Berkeley, in which members of the Redwood Legacy Circle were invited to view Sustaining Grandeur: The First 100 Years of Save the Redwoods League, an exhibition at The Bancroft Library showcasing historical artifacts that illustrate important moments in the League’s history. It was truly incredible to see firsthand how far the organization has come since its humble beginnings in 1918. What was more incredible to me, though, was being in a room full of fellow Legacy Circle members who are working to ensure that we are able to sustain the grandeur of the redwoods for another century.

Redwood Leadership Circle and Redwood Legacy Circle members explore the Giants of Land and Sea exhibit at the California Academy of Sciences.

This past June, we also had our Annual Celebration for Redwood Leadership Circle and Redwood Legacy Circle members at the California Academy of Sciences for a private viewing of their latest exhibit, Giants of Land and Sea, which showcased the redwoods as one of the giant forces that makes Northern California unlike any other place in the world. Fun-filled learning, lively conversations among our donors, and a lovely cocktail reception featuring delicious wine donated by MacRostie Winery & Vineyards, made for a fantastic evening.

What brought all of this together was a speech by Sam Hodder, League President and CEO. He highlighted the work that the League has accomplished in our first 100 years to stop the destruction of our superlative forests, and went over some key points of our Centennial Vision to safeguard these storied groves and heal the forests that surround them for the next century. Learn more about this conservation legacy and the League’s bold, new vision for our next 100 years.

League President Sam Hodder addresses Redwood Leadership Circle and Redwood Legacy Circle members at the Annual Celebration at the California Academy of Sciences.

As we’ve been saying since the year started, 100 years is just the beginning. Now it’s time to add momentum to a new era of conservation to bring back the forest and rebuild our parks. Being surrounded with people dedicated to making this a reality was inspiring to say the least, and I look forward to the work we will accomplish together in the next 100 years. 

Learn more about the Redwood Legacy Circle and all the ways you can support our work to protect and restore the redwood forests.

Celebrate with us throughout the year and check out our Centennial events throughout California in 2018.


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About Sharon Rabichow

Sharon joined the League in 2006 and serves as the Director of Gift Planning. The combination of her fundraising experience and passion for redwood forests made her a perfect fit for the League.



Students from Half Moon Bay High School collect plant data as part of our Redwoods and Climate Change High School Program.

Tracking Seasonal Changes in Our Parks

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What determines when shrubs bloom? The study of seasonal life cycle events such as this is called phenology, and gathering long-term data on these cycles is the focus of the California Phenology Project (CPP). Collecting data is simple, and anyone can participate. For the past couple of months, I’ve been tracking some plants in Redwood Regional Park as part of the Redwood Phenology Project by Save the Redwoods League and the East Bay Regional Park District.


Celebrations of the Century: Join us Oct. 7-14

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It has been 100 years since the founders of Save the Redwoods League first resolved to protect California’s redwood forests — a mission that would build momentum for America’s conservation movement and create and expand world-renowned redwood parks — crown jewels of the state and national park systems. So now, in our Centennial year, we’re hosting a week-long celebration October 7-14, 2018 to honor that legacy, renew our commitment to protecting and restoring these remarkable forests, and celebrate the dedication of all those who came before us to save the redwoods.


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