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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.

Parks without Borders: Real-time Adventures with Giant Sequoia

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Park Interpretive Specialist Jenny Comperda reports from Calaveras Big Trees State Park, where 10,000 students from around the world experienced the giant sequoia forest through the League’s virtual field trips.


This Allen's hummingbird was spotted at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. Photo by Ron LeValley.

Grab Your Binoculars: It’s World Migratory Bird Day!

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World Migratory Bird Day is when we celebrate our beautiful feathered friends for everything they contribute to our environment and for the long journeys they take across the globe every year.





Song of Six Rivers by Zev Levinson

Two Reviews

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Read two book reviews from the League’s REDWOODS magazine: Song of Six Rivers, a poem by author Zev Levinson, and Stretch to the Sun by Carrie A. Pearson.


The Diaz family of San Jose visiting Samuel P. Taylor State Park

Program Connects 30,000 Visitors to Parks

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The redwood forests are among the Diaz family’s favorite places. Jami, her husband Xavier, and their sons, Nolan, 8, and Hollis, 4, love to take trips from their San Jose home to decompress among the giant trees. So when they learned on Facebook about the League’s 2018 Free Second Saturdays in redwood parks, they jumped at the chance to explore different forests.



Students in the League’s Redwoods and Climate Change High School Program measure a redwood.

The New Climate Heroes: League Program Inspires Future Scientists

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Today’s youths are destined to be tomorrow’s climate champions. That’s why it’s so critical to empower them to learn about climate change from all angles — including from inside a redwood forest. Through the League’s Redwoods and Climate Change High School Program, students gain crucial environmental literacy.


Charred giant sequoia were killed in the 2017 Pier Fire

Ask an Expert:

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Home of some of the tallest and most extraordinary trees in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Portola Redwoods State Park provides visitors with a much-needed escape from life in nearby Silicon Valley.




Hikers experience the redwood forest in Roberts Regional Recreation Area.

Redwoods in the City: Explore The Many Ways to Play in an Oakland Forest Oasis

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In the hills of Oakland, California, a lush forest of young redwoods rises among the footprints of ancient giants that were logged in the mid-1800s to build area cities. The 82- acre Roberts Regional Recreation Area offers easy access to the 150-foot-tall redwoods just steps from the parking lot.


An ancient redwood in the Grove of Titans. Photo by Max Forster

Heroes Unite to Protect Superhero Trees

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Home of some of the tallest and most extraordinary trees in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Portola Redwoods State Park provides visitors with a much-needed escape from life in nearby Silicon Valley.


Scientists completed sequencing the coast redwood and giant sequoia genomes. Photo by Will Kirk of Homewood Photography (JHU)

Seeing the Forest for the Genes

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Researchers just unlocked the genetic codes of our coast redwood and giant sequoia forests, a remarkable milestone in the effort to protect California’s iconic redwood forests and regrow historically logged areas through the protection of the forests’ genomic diversity.


The Making of an Incredible Redwood Exhibit

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The Giants of Land and Sea exhibit at the California Academy of Sciences gives an interactive look at one of nature’s most perfect manifestations of ecological balance: In Northern California, an ancient redwood forest cloaks the rocky coastline, drawing life force from the Pacific Ocean to sustain an otherworldly place.


Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. Photo by Jon Parmentier

7 Ways to Celebrate Redwoods

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If you missed Earth Day and Arbor Day festivities, you can still mark the occasions belatedly with these seven ways to celebrate our beloved redwoods.


K-12 Giant Sequoia Tour from Anywhere

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Park Interpretive Specialist Jenny Comperda reports from Calaveras Big Trees State Park, where 8,500 students from around the world experienced the giant sequoia forest through the League’s virtual field trips.


Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Photo: David Baselt, redwoodhikes.com.

Captivating Essay of Redwoods’ History

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Coming face to face with a coast redwood or a giant sequoia can be a world-expanding experience. Yet, without real context of the species’ antiquity, gazing up at seemingly boundless crowns and at gargantuan trunks can actually leave some onlookers underwhelmed.


Our national monuments, including the pictured Giant Sequoia National Monument, are at risk. Photo by William Croft.

Our National Monuments Need Your Voice Today

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Congress needs to hear that you support a new bill to protect our national monuments—including Giant Sequoia National Monument—from actions that threaten their natural and cultural resources. The ANTIQUITIES Act of 2019 would reinforce existing laws that safeguard the status of our presidentially designated national monuments. The League needs your help to push for protection of our national monuments.