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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.

A white woman with red hair and bangs and an Indian man walk their large dog in Joaquin Miller, holding hands and smiling.

Redwoods Near You

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With many focusing on staycations this year, check out a few ideas for day trips. While parks are open again around California, many travelers are putting off big trips until the pandemic blows over. Thankfully for most Californians, redwoods are closer than you might think, and an inspiring day trip is well within reach.

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Photo by Jack Dykinga

Indigenous Perspectives Are Crucial for Conservation

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After many years protecting Tribal lands and waters, and a lifetime in close relation with nature, why isn’t it easier for me to convey these concepts and perceptions? A deep tension persists between the things my heart knows and the fluency required for sharing them.

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CLARK SIMPSON

On the Front Lines of Redwood Forest Restoration

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A recent partnership was announced between the State of California and the U.S. Forest Service, which will work together on state and federal forests and rangelands to reduce wildfire risks, restore watersheds, protect habitat and biological diversity, and help the state meet its climate objectives.

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Damage in Big Basin building

Fire Recovery at the Core of New Parks Effort

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The fire at Big Basin Redwoods State Park made headlines around the world, but it was far from the only redwood park to burn. Sadly, each of the parks forced to close by fire had only recently been reopened following the state’s COVID-19 stay-home order.

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Researcher climbing a giant sequoia tree

League Project Updates

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LEAGUE PURCHASE PROTECTS A CRUCIAL REDWOOD FOREST Andersonia West contains hundreds of acres of old-growth coast redwoods and is a critical habitat corridor for imperiled species on the remote Lost Coast. Learn More   PHOTO EVIDENCE THAT REDWOODS RISING IS Continued



A view of wildfire damage in Big Basin, taken from the forest floor angled up to see the canopy.

How Will Redwoods Fare Under Wildfires in a Changing Climate?

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In the giant sequoia range, roughly 16,000 acres (or 34 percent of the range) had burned, most of which is old growth. We have yet to assess the fire effects on the ground, but as with most modern wildfires, there will likely be a mix of beneficial and detrimental ecological effects.

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Historic photo of El Palo Alto tree

An Enduring Emblem: El Palo Alto

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In 1776 and 1777, the missions in San Francisco and Santa Clara were established (along with the Presidio), and the road connecting them was the El Camino Real, which passed right by El Palo Alto. Apart from some oaks, the only large tree on the 47-mile journey between the two missions was El Palo Alto, so it naturally became a famous landmark — it is currently listed as California Historical Landmark No. 2.

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Redwood forest after the fire

After the fire: Big Basin Redwoods State Park

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It’s been about three months since fire swept through Big Basin Redwoods State Park, and we thought we’d check in on this remarkable coast redwood forest. As we’ve discussed, most of the redwoods will be OK. In the video, you can see the famed Mother of the Forest Tree, charred but still living and surviving. In all, fascinating to see a resilient forest evolve.

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