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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 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. Next time, try skipping the granola in lieu of one of these four gastronomic experiences that are unique to the redwoods region.

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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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Sweltering summers are perhaps the best time all year to experience the redwood forests in Humboldt County the way locals do, as natural water parks. The Eel River, a federally designated Wild and Scenic River along the Avenue of the Giants, and Redwood Creek, which is surrounded by the world’s tallest trees in Redwood National Parks, have plenty of kid-friendly swimming holes.

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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


Why I Support Measure AA

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Here’s why I will be knocking on doors for Measure AA this week, and why I think you should too! I live in Palo Alto. As Peninsula residents know, one of the best reasons to live here is the amazing Continued



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Fern Watch Heating Up

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I’ve been keeping a close watch on Western sword fern, the most common plant in redwood forest, for about a decade now and it appears that the recent weather is taking its toll on the ferns. Through our climate change tracking project, Fern Watch, we Continued


You don't have to go far for great hikes and beautiful redwoods, like these in Purisima Creek Redwoods OSP. Photo by Julie Martin.

Magnificent Redwood Parks Close to Home

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It’s almost Memorial Day weekend, and if you’re like me, you’re looking forward to spending the long weekend outside. Like ninety-five percent of Californians, I live in an urban area, and a quiet escape to the redwoods — even for just Continued



California's state parks have so much to offer, yet are underutilized. Pictured is Humboldt Redwoods SP, where League supporters have protected 50,000 acres.

Star Wars: Return of the Jedediah Smith Redwoods

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Here at Save the Redwoods League, we get a kick out of celebrating Star Wars Day every May 4th (as in, “May the 4th be with you…”). Of the 460 planets that exist within the Star Wars films, where would you Continued


When Tree Rings Become Music

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All the elements combine to shape the trees we walk among every day. We see the result in glorious towering and sometimes twisting trees that curve and arc above us. Deep within the trunk and branches of every tree, wooded Continued


What inspires you to be a redwoods champion? Photo by Julie Martin.

Why Join Save the Redwoods League?

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“I spent ten days hiking and camping in several coast redwood forests…I was overwhelmed by the foresight and generosity of Rockefeller, Kent, and the League’s founders. Inspiring.” – Donald Cooley “I’m 100 years old. I’ve never seen the redwoods. When Continued