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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.


Waddell Beach. Photo by John Vonderlin, Flickr Creative Commons

4 Ways to Have a Beach Day Near the Redwoods This Long Weekend

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No Labor Day Weekend plans yet? We’ve got an idea: get out and Explore Redwoods. Now that summer’s coming to a close, a beach day might also be in order. Luckily, there are a few places not too far from the San Francisco Bay Area where you can do both. From the redwood forest to Pacific waters, here are four ways to fit in a beach day near the world’s tallest trees before summer’s over.


Old Grove Festival at Armstrong Redwoods SNR

For Music Under the Redwoods, It’s Hard to Beat the Old Grove Festival

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For some people, there’s nothing better than sitting on a log under the shady canopy of a coast redwood and strumming a guitar. If that’s your thing, you can hardly do better than the annual Old Grove Festival at Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve, celebrating its 14th year this Sept. 14-15.



Apprentices and field leads on a field tour of the Greater Mill Creek project area as part of their orientation. Photo by Ryan Thompson

Our Redwoods Rising Apprentices Had a World-Expanding Summer—and So Did I

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As the manager of the Redwoods Rising Apprenticeship program, I don’t get out in the field very often, but I get to see growth in the apprentices in snapshots. It’s remarkable to me how a short 11 weeks can contribute to a young person’s life. I’m so grateful that I can help to provide an invaluable experience to people only just beginning their careers.


League Conservation Programs Associate, Adrianna Andreucci​, visits Humboldt Redwoods State Park as a child.

My Favorite Redwood Park: A Gateway to the North Coast Redwoods and to My Own Future

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My favorite redwood park would have to be Humboldt Redwoods State Park. I grew up visiting it every summer as a child and have extremely fond memories of hiking and biking there with my dad. We camped nearby in Myers Flat at the Giant Redwoods RV Camp and went into the park each day for a different activity.



The Live Like Coco Foundation takes Santa Cruz County students on a field trip to Nisene Marks to see redwoods. Photo courtesy of The Live Like Coco Foundation

In Loving Memory: Foundation Sponsors Youth Field Trips

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The Live Like Coco Foundation has partnered with Friends of the Santa Cruz State Parks, taking third-graders from Santa Cruz County on field trips to Nisene Marks to see redwoods, and banana slugs, firsthand.


Two people looking up into the canopy of giant redwoods

10 Rules of the Redwood Forest

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We have amazing access to redwoods in some of the most beautiful parks on Earth. That’s worth protecting, and the best way to do it is to be mindful visitors. Here’s what you can do to be a good steward while exploring the redwood forest.


Everything You Need to Plan Your Next Trip to the Redwood Forest

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Just a few more weekends this summer to get out and enjoy California’s great redwood forests. And planning your adventure in the redwoods has never been easier, thanks to Explore Redwoods, our new and improved online portal that tells you everything you need to know to enjoy more than 100 parks.


A Native History of the East Bay Redwoods

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From forests to creeks to trails, every natural space has a past that predates our conventional history books. Few people today realize that the hills of the East Bay were once home to coast redwood forests of incredible stature. Living among them were the Ohlone people.


A stand of trees, mostly Douglas fir, burned by the Usal Fire this week on Shady Dell. Photo by Richard Campbell

Good News/Bad News Following Fire at Shady Dell

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If you’ve been following our social media over the last week or so, you’ve heard about the Usal Fire, which started July 27 and burned about 180 acres. About 150 acres of the fire took place on our Shady Dell property. The fire is now almost completely contained.


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Redwoods Rising apprentice shares tale of mountain lion encounter

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As I was heading toward the gap in the logs, I noticed that the one to my right had a large dark area under it. I didn’t think it was anything because most of the time it’s either charred or shaded making it look darker than it really is.



Redwoods Rising Apprentices 2019

Redwoods Rising Apprentices Team Building

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Earlier this season, Redwoods Rising apprentices toured the Greater Miller Creek Project Area to get a sense of the work they would be doing later in the summer. They also did a team building activity, where they established a circle in the grass, and then had to retrieve a piece of redwood branch that they placed outside of the circle without touching the ground. The larger lesson was that growth requires teamwork. All in all a fun day.


Sequoia National Park. Photo by Anthony Ambrose

Startling Report Highlights Issue of Air Pollution Among National Parks

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According to a recent report from the National Parks Conservation Service, that last part of the equation is problematic at several national parks, including Sequoia, Kings Canyon and Yosemite National Parks. Startlingly, the report names Sequoia and Kings Canyon as among the parks with the worst air pollution in the country, meaning that the parks “had unhealthy air for most park visitors and rangers to breathe for more than two months of the year, mostly in the summer months.”


2019 Redwoods Rising Apprentices.

Students from Humboldt State to Help Restore Redwood National and State Parks

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Eighteen students from Humboldt State University (HSU) are participating in a collaborative restoration project known as Redwoods Rising, gaining valuable knowledge and work experience studying the historically logged coast redwood forests in Redwood National and State Parks this summer.


Photo by Alisha Laborico, courtesy Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District.

New Redwoods Park Opens Near Los Gatos

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Following a ribbon-cutting ceremony last month, San Francisco Bay Area residents now can enjoy a spectacular redwood park near Los Gatos. The 1,432-acre Bear Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve features an easy-access interpretive trail around Upper Lake and 6 miles of hiking and equestrian trails.


California State Capitol. Photo by Marcin Wichary, Flickr Creative Commons

Forest Conservation and the State Budget

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Gov. Gavin Newsom in late June signed a nearly $215 billion budget for the State of California. With public funding a key part of our organization’s strategy for protecting and preserving California’s redwood forests, Save the Redwoods League plays an active role in the budget process, advocating for our priorities. As one would expect, there are many interests at play in these negotiations. While the Legislature didn’t approve funding for all of our priorities, there were some significant victories.


NBC Nightly News: Go inside a secret grove of centuries-old California redwoods

Go inside a secret grove of centuries-old California redwoods

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There’s a magical place in Sonoma, California where hundreds of acres of centuries-old redwoods have gone untouched. The land was owned by the Falk family for generations, until they recently sold it to Save the Redwoods League to preserve, with plans to allow the public in.