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This is a place for personal insights into our work by Save the Redwoods League leaders. You can explore posts by category: It Takes a Forest SM focuses on League project and program updates; Off the Beaten Path gets you into the redwood forest; Redwoods Futures illuminates the issues affecting our redwood forests; and The Eighth Wonders explores the art, education, and science of the redwood forests. Please join the conversation by posting your stories and comments.


Big Basin nature museum

Fire at Big Basin Redwoods State Park derails nature museum project

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Fire destroyed the Big Basin Redwoods State Park Nature Museum. Work on the project was well underway in the original building when the CZU August Lightning Complex Fire came through the headquarters on Aug. 18, destroying everything.



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Sequoia Complex Fire nearing giant sequoia grove

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Fire nearing giant sequoia: We’re continuing to closely monitor the Sequoia Complex Fire in the Sequoia National Forest. As of right now, it appears the fire has started to move west, and is now about a mile away from the Freeman Creek giant sequoia grove.


Armando Quintero

League welcomes new Director of California State Parks

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Armando Quintero has been named to head California State Parks. Director Quintero has had a long and outstanding career in parks and conservation, including his work to engage, train and inspire the next generation of park leaders. We look forward to working with him!


Damaged Big Basin park gatehouse

Out of destruction, hope

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Since the League joined with Sempervirens Fund last week to create the Big Basin Recovery Fund, so many generous people have stepped forward to help. Pachama offered a $5,000 match to the Big Basin Recovery Fund to inspire others to take an active role in rebuilding this wondrous park and the forest around it. Together, we’ve raised more than $100,000 to fund the park’s immediate needs, as well as help lay the groundwork for its reconstruction.


Map of Castle Fire in Sequoia National Forest

Keeping an eye on fire burning near Sierra giant sequoia

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With attention on the coast redwoods, we’re also keeping our eye on fire near giant sequoia. Unlike their coast redwood cousins, giant sequoia lack the ability to sprout after fire, so a severe wildfire can outright kill these ancient trees.



Redwood Grove Loop trail at Henry Cowell Redwoods SP

Cautious optimism for coast redwoods amid fires

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Coast redwoods are naturally adapted to resist fire damage. It’s going to be a while before it’s safe for us to visit these forests and assess the fire effects, and it will be longer still before we fully understand the short- and long-term impacts on the trees. In the meantime, we will maintain that cautious optimism, knowing that the ancient giants have survived for centuries and lived through many wildfires.




A male representative of Latino Outdoors stands before an interpretive trailhead sign depicting a map of Nadler Grove in Sierra National Forest.

VIDEO: A walk through the giant sequoia with Latino Outdoors

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In episode 3 of “Explore the Redwoods”, host André Sanchez leads us on a hike through the giant sequoias in Nadler Grove, nestled in Sierra National Forest. “Explore the Redwoods” is an online series produced in partnership with Latino Outdoors and Save the Redwoods League.


White pickup truck on a dirt road lined with trees and logs.

Photo Evidence That Redwoods Rising Is Real

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I recently had the great pleasure of visiting Redwoods Rising operations in Redwood National and State Parks, and what I saw was incredible.


The ancient redwood forest of Harold Richardson Redwoods Reserve has remained largely untouched for thousands of years. Photo by Mike Shoys

The Big Idea behind the Forever Forest Campaign

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The League’s Forever Forest: The Campaign for the Redwoods is built on a big, bold idea: Let’s come together and rebuild California’s great redwood forests to their former glory.


Picture of giant sequoia grove in Sequoia National Park.

Great American Outdoors Act signed into law

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President Donald Trump this week signed new legislation that will lock in billions of dollars for national parks, outdoor recreation facilities, and land conservation — including redwoods.


A female California State Parks naturalist interpreter in park ranger fatigues gives her presentation before a tablet on a tripod on which she is livestreaming a virtual program to Facebook.

Bringing redwoods to the people

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The pandemic presented both a daunting challenge and the opportunity to take a flying leap toward an idea that had long been in the making. Since early March, the North Coast Redwoods District’s interpretation team has been delivering five to 10 PORTS programs each week, as well as daily Facebook live programs to the general public.  During this period, more than 5,000 students have received coast redwood-related PORTS programs, and their Facebook Live presentations have been viewed over 250,000 times. As to how his team came to the decision to hold daily events in the middle of a national crisis, Robbins deadpanned: “We just decided to do it.”


Bear at Red Hill

Bears at Red Hill

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Our cameras at our Red Hill property captured these great images of California black bears.


Latino Outdoors

Video: A walk through Redwood National Park with Latino Outdoors

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In episode 2 of “Explore the Redwoods”, host Jayrlin Molina leads us on a hike through the redwoods of northern California. “Explore the Redwoods” is an online series produced in partnership with Latino Outdoors and Save the Redwoods League.


Pacific fisher at Red Hill

More Pacific fishers at Red Hill

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We’re excited to see Pacific fishers again at our Red Hill giant sequoia property in the Sierra.


Landscape-style shot of the trunks of healthy, second-growth redwood trees.

Reimagining the Future of a Historic Family Forest

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For Andersonia West in northern Mendocino County, the human story, of course, starts with the Sinkyone people. They have lived in this area for countless generations, and their descendants continue to protect, care for, and maintain their cultural connections with surrounding traditional lands and waters. The League humbly acknowledges our very short history in this place. Yet, we are so thrilled that we have been able to protect this coast redwood forest and its biodiversity forever. The idea to permanently protect the western tract of Andersonia started in 1980.