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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.

The fallen Pioneer Cabin Tree. Photo by Save the Redwoods League

Tree Ring Analysis of the Pioneer Cabin Tree

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California State Parks and Save the Redwoods League are collaborating to study the fallen Pioneer Cabin Tree in Calaveras Big Trees State Park to learn about its long life and the environmental changes within the forest over time.


Free Second Saturdays at Redwood State Parks 2018. Photo by Paolo Vescia"

Celebrate the League’s Centennial in Redwood State Parks

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In celebration of the League’s Centennial year, we invite everyone to experience the sights and sounds of more than 40 of California’s redwood state parks—for free! Every second Saturday of each month in 2018, Save the Redwoods League and California State Parks will be hosting a Free Redwoods Day.


Join us for Tea with a Tree at Tu B’Shevat in the Park!

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Tu B’Shevat is a day to celebrate the trees and the work we all must do to keep our planet green and healthy for generations. Come celebrate Tu B’Shevat in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park this Sunday, January 28, 2018.


Janet Jackson Explores Local Redwood Watershed with Inner City Youth

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Jackson does what she can to expand the horizons of her students. Each month she takes three or four students to a regional park for an extended hike. She has also participated in outreach programs sponsored by universities and conservation groups, including Exploring Your Watershed, a Save the Redwoods League project that teaches kids about the linkages between the East Bay’s redwood forests and San Francisco Bay.


Update on the Long-Awaited Pfeiffer Falls Trail

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After a tumultuous decade for Big Sur, we can expect a new Pfeiffer Falls Trail in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park to reopen in early 2019, thanks to our funding partners and lots of hard, sweaty work.


Big Basin is among the parks participating in the League's 2018 Free Second Saturdays at Redwood State Parks program. Photo by Paolo Vescia

Celebrate the League’s Centennial in 2018

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Join Save the Redwoods League in celebrating 100 years of redwoods conservation leadership that protected the world’s greatest forests. We’re giving back to our supporters with events throughout the year, including free passes to more than 40 California redwood state parks on the second Saturdays of every month in 2018. Learn more about this offer and about our past and future of protecting, restoring, and connecting people to the redwoods.


Students participate in the League's Exploring Your Watershed program.

“Best of” List for 2017

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As 2017 comes to a close, it’s that time again for the “best of” lists to come out. Best movies of the year, best music, etc. So here is my own “best of” list for the past year.


Cathedral Grove at Muir Woods National Monument. Photo credit: Tonatiuh Trejo-Cantwell

Want to go to Muir Woods? Be sure to RSVP!

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Beginning January 16, 2018, visitors will need reservations to park at or ride the shuttle to Muir Woods National Monument. The new reservation system will prevent visitor overcrowding and help keep the forest green and vibrant for generations to come.


Elaine Esteban and student.

Fern Watch Canada: For the Good of Science and Home Learners

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Fern Watch, an effort to monitor drought and climate change in redwood forests, has sprouted an exciting new extension. An outdoor science class for homeschoolers, led by Elaine Esteban, began their own fern-monitoring project in British Columbia.


The California condor is listed as "Critically Endangered." Pacific Southwest Region USFWS, Flickr Creative Commons

A Second California Condor Comeback is on the Horizon

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California condors have been absent from the Pacific Northwest for over a century. But the Yurok tribe — whose ancestors lived along the Klamath River in Northern California — still revere and celebrate them. The sight of a condor flying over the redwoods has been erased from living memory, and, as tribe chairman Thomas P. O’Rourke told Audubon last March, “His absence is a hole in our hearts.”


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IRAs: Amazing Year End Giving Opportunity

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In 2015, Congress voted to reinstate the IRA Charitable Rollover and it is now a permanent part of the tax code! This legislation allows you to make tax-free charitable gifts from your IRA without claiming any increased income. And, your gift may count towards your minimum distribution requirement.


Elizabeth Saucier, Redwood Legacy Circle Member

All Aboard: The Skunk Train!

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On Sunday, October 22, the League hosted its 2017 Annual Thank You Event, where Redwood Leadership Circle and Redwood Legacy Circle members took a ride through the redwoods of Mendocino County on the beautiful and historic Skunk Train.


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Wear Your Support for California’s Redwood Parks

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Thanks to a collaboration with Parks Project, you can now wear your support for California’s iconic redwood parks! In partnership with Save the Redwoods League, they’re releasing a t-shirt to benefit the League’s Park Support Fund that you can buy online.


Christina Jaromay in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park.

Christina Jaromay Strengthens Parks through Lasting Partnerships

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As the Chief of the California State Parks Partnership Office, Christina Jaromay’s primary challenge is figuring out connections: how to make new ones and strengthen old ones. The long-standing partnership between Save the Redwoods League and California State Parks is one such relationship Jaromay oversees.


: LWCF helped make it possible for Save the Redwoods League to protect part of the Prairie Creek corridor and add the land to Redwood National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Photo by Max Forster

Speak Up to Save the Land and Water Conservation Fund

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Redwood National Park, Muir Woods National Monument, and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks — over the last five decades the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) helped protect them all. We need your help to tell Members of Congress to support LWCF and renew the program before it ends in September 2018.


Student Perspectives: Driving Through the Redwoods

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What is home? For me, it is the redwoods. Whether you’re hiking, biking, or in my family’s case, driving, you just can’t beat the redwood forest. Not only are these trees beautiful beyond measure, but they are also a place of bonding and healing. Joaquin Miller Park and Redwood Regional Park have always been my family’s favorite places, and I will always think of them as places of comfort and sanctuary.


Fritz Wonder Plot. Photo by Andrew Slack

94 Years and Counting: Research Continues in Fritz Wonder Plot

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Robert Van Pelt, a forest ecology researcher and affiliate assistant professor at the University of Washington, specializes in big trees, and lately, he’s been focused on a secluded one-acre parcel located in the Big River Watershed, the Fritz Wonder Plot.


Photo by Michael Yang, SFSU Student Perspectives blogger

Student Perspectives: Are You Busy? Slow Down by Keeping up with Muir

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Life can be hectic. You have school, work, and responsibilities to take care of. Add a busy city with thousands of people and your life is even more chaotic. Find out how Muir Woods can help you slow down while keeping you immersed in the city vibe.


Fresh Air music video by Sergio Herrera and Jose Hernandez

Redwood Education Grants Program

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One of our grantees, the Humboldt County Office of Education, worked with students this year from Fortuna High School’s videography class to create “art” in the redwoods after learning about redwood ecology.


Crescent Meadow, Sequoia National Park. Photo Ming-yen Hsu at Flickr Creative Commons

Nighttime Magic and Fall Forest Festivities

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Now that the sun is setting earlier, it’s great time to experience the sights and sounds of the redwood forest after dark. Not a night owl? Celebrate fall with a birdwatching walk or a trip to an autumn festival. Here’s a sample of fall fun throughout the redwood regions.