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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.

Looking up inside the trunk of a massive redwood carved out by fire, known as a chimney tree.

Defiant Redwood of the Week: Chimney Tree

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Meet the tree that refuses to give in. Lots of people pose for pictures in front of – and inside – the Chimney Tree. It wears its damage proudly.



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Video: Experience the Giant Sequoia

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Before you go sprinting into another crazy day, take a moment to experience the giant sequoia. Follow along on with us on a relaxing tour of a giant sequoia forest, in this new addition to our Redwoods Recharge collection of calming videos.


Rufous hummingbird. Photo by Peter Pearsall.

Spring Birds in the Redwood Forests

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Spring migration brings many opportunities to spot some of the coolest birds of the coast redwood and giant sequoia forests. Keep an eye out for some of our favorites below—in your backyard, on your neighborhood walks, or in the forests if you’re lucky enough to have access to them.


How to make redwood cookies

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Learn how you can take advantage of the spring’s new redwood needles to flavor delicious shortbread cookies. C’mon, set aside your sourdough starter and give it a try.


General Sherman Tree. Photograph by Bill Fletcher

Defiant Redwood of the Week: General Sherman Tree

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The General Sherman Tree is about 2,000 years old and is a giant among giants. Considered the world’s largest tree, measured by volume, it stands 275 feet tall. In a world full of threats and challenges, it has planted its roots and set its defenses. It is strong and ready.


Dawn Redwood, photo by J.G. in SF

10 nerdy cool things about redwoods

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Help connect kids to redwoods from afar by teaching them fun redwood forest facts – starting with these 10 neat facts you may not know about the redwoods.


Album art for this chill Spotify playlist about the redwoods.

Redwood playlist #4

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Allegra Krasznekewicz, League councilor, put together this week’s great playlist.




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An Epic Road Trip from the Bay Area to the North Coast

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I’m always amazed each time I bear witness to California’s natural landscapes, and this time, on the 300 or so miles driving from San Francisco to the ancient forests of the North Coast, I’m smitten again.



Lupine is a wildflower found in redwood forests. Photo by Max Forster.

Wildflowers of the redwood forests

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If it’s spring, it’s wildflower season. Wildflower season is one of the best times to experiences California’s great outdoors. While we can’t get out there to see them ourselves, we thought it would be nice to recall some of our favorites that pop up under the tall trees.


Album art for this chill Spotify playlist about the redwoods.

Redwood playlist #3

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José González, League councilor and founder of Latino Outdoors, put together this great playlist. “This playlist is about connection to the redwoods, over the arc of a day. It’s about the love of redwoods, and I imagined parts of it being a drive along the California coast on a ride to the redwoods,” he explained.


Video: An important message from Sam Hodder

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It has been four weeks since the League closed its San Francisco and Northern California offices. But our important work serving the public hasn’t stopped.



Hendy Woods State Park is a state park of California, USA, located in the Anderson Valley of Mendocino County, known for its old-growth coast redwoods.

During the Pandemic, Nature Heals Us

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This is an opportunity for the conservation community to reflect on how to provide equitable access to green spaces.


Strength and perseverance don’t necessarily have to call attention to themselves, and few trees exemplify that more than the 1,640-year-old McApin Tree on the League’s Harold Richardson Redwoods Reserve.

Defiant Redwood of the Week: McApin Tree

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Few trees exemplify strength and perseverance more than the 1,640-year-old McApin Tree on the League’s Harold Richardson Redwoods Reserve.


California newt, by John Wright

Redwood Memories

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Our staff shares their fondest memories of being in the tall trees


Stagg Tree

A long look at the Stagg Tree

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Take a minute to inhale Alder Creek’s Stagg Tree, the fifth largest known tree in the world. Strength and resilience in the face of many challenges.