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Redwoods Star in New Giants of Land & Sea Exhibit

Starting June 15, 2018, visitors to San Francisco will have an exciting new window into the remarkable coast redwood forest. At the California Academy of Science’s new Giants of Land and Sea exhibit, you can explore the forest canopy virtually through an immersive video experience, walk through a fog room to feel how this fixture of coastal climate bathes the redwoods during the summer, and learn about the intrinsic connection between the forest and Pacific Ocean.

Every corner of the exhibit reveals the bountiful biodiversity found in the redwood forest and how scientists, conservation groups like us, and the Yurok tribe are helping to protect the forest and it’s many special inhabitants.

Save the Redwoods League helped bring this exhibit life, sharing secrets of the forest’s ecology that are now accessible in four languages (English, Spanish, Chinese, and Filipino). An enormous trunk section from a fallen coast redwood is on display, enabling visitors to examine its tree rings firsthand and learn from our Redwoods and Climate Change Initiative scientist, Allyson Carroll, about this tree’s remarkable 800-year lifespan. The canopy ascent video also features League-sponsored researchers giving a sneak-peak into their fascinating studies of the redwood treetops and how they brave remarkable heights to discover how these forest giants provide such excellent habitat hundreds of feet above the forest floor.

I hope this exhibit shows you another side of the coast redwood forest and inspires you to plan your next hike among the trees.

Learn more about the Giants of the Land and Sea exhibit at the California Academy of Sciences. And for help planning your next adventure out to see the gigantic redwoods in person, visit

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About Emily Burns


Emily Burns, the League’s former Director of Science, led the research program that includes the Redwoods and Climate Change Initiative. She holds a PhD in Integrative Biology on the impacts of fog on coast redwood forest flora from the University of California, Berkeley.

Visitors in the 1920s stand among colossal giant sequoia in what is now Calaveras Big Trees State Park. Photographer unknown, circa 1920s, Save the Redwoods League photograph collection, BANC PIC 2006.030. The Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley.

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Photo by Allendale Elementary School

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2 Responses to “Redwoods Star in New Giants of Land & Sea Exhibit”

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    David Skillman

    Hi Emily. I am a caretaker of 640 acres Of mixed Redwood Forest just North of Philo, California in Anderson valley. The property was last logged back in the fifties. So a lot of the trees must be around 100 years old. We do not want to log but paying for taxes, insurance, road maintenance, becoming harder each year. Would it be possible to pay for our expenses with carbon credits by keeping the redwoods in the ground. We are also looking at putting the property into a land trust. I would appreciate any thoughts on this matter.
    Thanks David Skillman

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      Save the Redwoods League

      Hi David,
      Thank you for the comment and for caring for the redwoods! I’d recommend contacting NCRM (North Coast Resource Management), a company in your area that could assess the viability of a carbon project on the land you mention. I hope this information helps!


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