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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.

Drought Distress

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I stumbled across a sea of sword fern that is showing signs of drought during my annual Fern Watch field campaign last month. Along the Damnation Creek Trail at Del Norte Redwoods State Park, the typically green carpet of sword fern Continued


“This photo shows the friendship, fun and bonding that took place in the redwoods. Our experience with the volunteers and staff at the state park was wonderful — everyone seemed genuinely pleased to meet Betty and to help this become a memorable trip.” -Trina Baldwin (Betty’s friend and driver on the trip)

Betty’s Trip to the Redwoods in Photos

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In my last blog I introduced you to Betty Thompson, a 66-year-old woman from Georgia with cerebral palsy, who was about to realize her lifelong dream of seeing the redwoods. In June, Betty and her friends embarked on a weeklong Continued


10th Anniversary Climb

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  This week, I celebrated 10 years of coast redwood forest research and had the pleasure of climbing into an old redwood at the Grove of Old Trees in Sonoma County. This little-known forest is where I learned to climb Continued



League supporters Victoria Reeder and Roy Williams recently celebrated their wedding amongst the redwoods at Big Basin State Park.

Love in a Redwood Forest

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It’s no surprise the redwoods inspire people in many different ways. The biodiversity of plants and animals inspires scientists, the towering red-hued trunks of the trees inspire artists, and the fallen logs and clear creeks inspire an adventurous spirit in Continued


Bennett Juniper is quite large! Our property caretaker is standing to the right of the tree.

Caring for One of the Oldest Living Trees in the World

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Out in Tuolumne County, near the Middle Fork of the Stanislaus River, is a Western juniper tree known as the Bennett Juniper. It is estimated to be somewhere between 2,000 and 6,000 years old, and some botanists think it may Continued


Marbled murrelet. Photo Credit: USFWS, Flickr Creative Commons

Help an Endangered Bird by…Cleaning Up Your Crumbs?

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Tomorrow marks the longest day of the year, the summer solstice. The summer solstice is a time to celebrate the start of summer, long hours of sunlight, warm nights and plenty of opportunities to be outside. This weekend, you may Continued


The outdoor experiences we have as kids can help us be happier and healthier for our whole lives. Photo by rocket ship, Flickr Creative Commons.

Kids & Nature: Turning Around a Worrisome Trend

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Many of us who love nature have clear memories of meaningful outdoor experiences as children. At the Save the Redwoods League office, if you ask the staff why they chose careers in conservation, you’ll hear story after story about summers Continued


A hungry herd of goats is taking care of a thorny restoration problem at the League’s Cape Vizcaino property.

Goats Provide Much-Needed TLC at Cape Vizcaino

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The League’s Cape Vizcaino property is in need of a little TLC. Well, maybe a lot. In a previous blog, I described the problems we have with Douglas fir and tanoak trees encroaching into one of the property’s coastal meadows. Continued



Redwood Canopy Video

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Climbers took to the coast redwood treetops at Muir Woods National Monument for the first time this spring. Their canopy exploration was part of BioBlitz 2014, a massive effort to learn about and celebrate the biodiversity of Golden Gate National Recreation. Continued


Sam and his family in the redwoods.

3 Ingredients For the Best Father’s Day Ever

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I’ve been a father for sixteen years. While I will always feel like I’m still learning the ropes, I have loved every minute of it. In the early years every day felt like Father’s Day, with the grand welcome when Continued


Redwood Creek flows through Redwood National and State Parks before reaching the ocean.

Redwood Creek Safe from Prolific Invasive Snail, For Now

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Good news is not always easy to come by in regards to the redwood forest. Whether it is the threat of development, water diversion or unsustainable logging, bad tidings are all around us. Even though they’re not always obvious, there Continued


Oysters are a local treat and a great post-hike lunch. Photo by queenkv, Flickr Creative Commons.

A Gastronomic Tour of the Redwoods

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You know how sometimes after a long hike, that sandwich you brought along in your backpack is about the most delicious thing you’ve ever eaten? Well, as that famous chef guy says, we’re about to kick things up a notch. Continued


The Eel River, which snakes along the Avenue of the Giants in Humboldt Redwoods State Park, has dozens of secluded and scenic swimming spots. Photo courtesy HRSP/Redwoods.info.

Make a Big Splash Among the Big Trees

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Given the super-warm spring we’ve had in California, this summer could turn into a scorcher! Sweltering summers are perhaps the best time all year to load up the wagon and experience the redwood forests in Humboldt County the way locals Continued


Hit the trails this Saturday for National Trails Day!

All Our Trails Have to Offer

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This Saturday is National Trails Day®! Whenever I think about hiking on one of the over 200,000 miles of trails we have in the U.S., the lyrics of one of my favorite Ani DiFranco songs pop into my head: When Continued


Celebrating National Trails Day

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I talk a lot about the importance of parks and wild places, the beautiful scenery and interesting wildlife they contain, but this week I’m putting the spotlight on one of my favorite features of our open spaces: trails. My appreciation Continued


Measure AA will help fund enhancement projects like the newly opened Russian Ridge parking facility.

Measure AA will Enhance Protection of Redwood Forests

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Driving home from a redwood hike this afternoon, I stopped at the newly opened Russian Ridge parking facility on Alpine Road which offers access to Audrey’s Way, recognizing Audrey Rust, POST past-President (see picture). Lynn Jackson, district volunteer at Midpeninsula Continued


Students conduct scientific investigations of redwood trees as well as explore the forest in Little Basin.

How Best to Help Kids Learn About Nature?

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Environmental educators are always juggling what, how much and how long to teach students in nature. Do you let students explore and observe a forest on their own, or do you give them more structured activities? Do you introduce sophisticated Continued


Stories from Calaveras Big Trees

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I was at Calaveras Big Trees State Park over the weekend for an event celebrating the grand opening of the new visitor center and commemorating the 150th anniversary of California State Parks. I was there to speak at the event, Continued


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