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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.

LandPaths' In Our Own Backyard program serves 900 students each year.

Bree Arthur, LandPaths: Getting to Know Nearby Nature

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Sixth-graders trundle off buses and into a sun-speckled redwood forest. It’s terra incognita for most of them. But they are in good hands with educators from LandPaths, a Sonoma County organization supported by Save the Redwoods League education grants program Continued


When Giant Sequoia and Drought Don’t Mix

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I roamed through a few giant sequoia groves over the last week and did find a few mature giant sequoia that aren’t weathering the four-year drought well. Some of these afflicted giant sequoia simply were shedding leaves and their crowns Continued



One year after a wildfire, burnt redwoods regrow foliage. Photo by Benjamin S. Ramage

Re-Sprouting After Fire

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Last weekend, while I was hiking in the forests of Northern California with strong winds and thunder and lightning storms, I was reminded that we are entering fire season. While the thought of forest fires often stir fear in us Continued


League member Susan Juhl was glad to protect redwoods, including this one, that were marked for harvesting at Big River-Mendocino Old-Growth Redwoods.

Susan Juhl’s Love of Trees Is a Family Affair

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Susan Juhl is a great devotee of classical music, and she shares her passion with California’s North Coast. One of the first programmers on KZYX, a community radio station that broadcasts from Mendocino County, Susan hosts Loose Canon Classics, a Continued


Enjoy summer’s sun-dappled trails, like this one in Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve. Photo by Julie Martin

How to Have the Best Summer Ever

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Life is already too short to waste on speed. I have a friend who’s always in a hurry; he never gets anywhere. Walking makes the world much bigger and thus more interesting. You have time to observe the details. – Continued


Will the Redwoods Be Victims of the Sixth Extinction?

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Sixty-five million years ago, many of Earth’s inhabitants — including the dinosaurs — were wiped out when a meteor struck the Yucatan Peninsula. This was the fifth mass extinction in our planet’s history. Now, scientists have reached a broad consensus Continued


Video: Oakland High School Students in the Redwoods

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Save the Redwoods League launched its Redwoods and Climate Change high school program in 2014. The program brings urban youths to the redwoods in order to connect them to their local redwood park and use the redwoods as an avenue Continued


Nina Roberts, PhD, is helping Save the Redwoods League to engage all people in redwood forests for their health and happiness and to inspire them to protect these precious natural wonders.

Nina Roberts: Fostering Equal Access to the Forest

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Most Americans who take part in outdoor recreation are Caucasian: According to the 2014 Outdoor Recreation Participation Report by the Outdoor Foundation, in 2013, 70 percent of outdoor participants are Caucasian, 11 percent African-American, 8 percent Hispanic, 7 percent Asian-Pacific Continued


What We’re Learning from the Redwoods

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When we take a close look at what makes redwoods survive and thrive, the trees have remarkable stories to tell. That’s what researchers discovered thanks to three studies supported by research grants from Save the Redwoods League over the past Continued


Free Ways You Can Help the Redwoods

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Here at Save the Redwoods League, we are reminded of the power of your donations with each new forest that we conserve or restore. We are perpetually grateful to our generous members for furthering the cause of the redwoods. But Continued


Snow plant. Photo by Isolino, Flickr Creative Commons

Sequoias and Snow Plants

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If you have read my recent blog posts, you can see a plant identification-theme forming. I promise it won’t be forever but today I have one more to throw at you. This time I will take you to the giant Continued


You’re Invited! Hendy Woods Celebration

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For decades, Hendy Woods State Park has been a favorite destination among locals and visitors for camping, hiking and swimming among gigantic 1,000-year-old redwoods. With trails winding through not one but two ancient redwood groves and the Navarro River flowing by, Continued


Gordy Stephens

Gordy Stephens: Decommissioning the Roads He Built

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You can’t train people to do what Gordy Stephens does. Or rather, you can train them – provided you can spare more than 20 years for the teaching process and your trainees demonstrate an aptitude for heavy equipment that borders Continued


Top 3 Bay Area Redwood Parks You’ve Never Heard Of

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It’s almost summertime, which means it’s time to get outside and see the redwoods! One of the best things about living in the Bay Area is easy access to redwood forests. But Muir Woods and other renowned protected spaces are Continued


Home of two breathtaking ancient redwood forests, Hendy Woods State Park will mark the grand reopening of its day-use Area on June 28, 2015.

Celebrate Reopening of Day-Use Area

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New amenities help you enjoy Hendy Woods even more with friends, families Your New Gateway to Ancient Giants You and your friends and families are invited to enjoy the improvements your donations made possible at the Hendy Woods State Park Continued


Fog is Back

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The fog is back. After thinking mostly of drought for the last few years, suddenly my focus is back to fog. It’s the ephemeral and unpredictable force of nature that I spent nearly a decade studying among the redwoods. The Continued


Breaking Ground to Extend Lost Coast Trail

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On the windswept Northern California coast is one of the most rugged, remote and wild places in the state. Great expanses of forest meet wildflower-carpeted bluffs before plunging from rocky cliffs to long, deserted beaches. Here, you can find solitude Continued


Bob and Harriet Jakovina

The Jakovinas: Protecting Wonder for Tomorrow’s Children

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Bob and Harriet Jakovina have devoted their lives to sharing their love of nature. Their wish is to make it possible for future generations to enjoy redwood forests and other beloved California landscapes. So they named Save the Redwoods League Continued


What’s That Flower?

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After taking a plant identification class a few weeks ago, I’ve become obsessed with identifying everything I see while hiking in the redwood forest. And although I have walked through many forests, I still see plants that are new to Continued