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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 researcher climbs a giant sequoia at Mountain Home Grove next to a burned giant sequoia that remains alive with two vigorous sprouts near its broken top. Photo credit: Bob Van Pelt

Burned out but not fading away

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It’s fairly difficult for me to imagine living for 3,000 years. Yet giant sequoias live for millennia, standing tall in a single location as the years, decades, and centuries tick by. They are pounded by rain, snow, sweltering heat, lightening, Continued


Give the gift of redwood seedlings. Photo by Mark Bult

Redwood seedling gifts for the holidays!

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If you’re still wondering what to get for the friends and family on your holiday shopping list, consider having a redwood seedling planted in their honor! I think this is one of the most special gifts out there (ahem, if Continued


Pablo Cunazza Mardones (on my right) and Patricio Contreras Bravo (on my left), colleagues at Parque Nacional Alerce Costero.

Trees Bring Us Together

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Working for Save the Redwoods League is an honor in many ways.  We are able to serve our nearly 20,000 members, honor the League’s nearly 100-year history, seek to benefit one of the world’s iconic species and, occasionally, work hand-in-hand Continued


Giant redwood crowns loom over a canopy of lesser trees (Picea sitchensis, Tsuga heterophylla) in JSRSP. Photo by Stephen Sillett

Cap-and-trade among the redwoods

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This was a big month in California. While the election may be the first thing that comes to mind, we also witnessed the first auction of carbon credits to companies that emit more than 25,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide every Continued


Enjoying the redwoods of our Santa Cruz Mountains Old-Growth project.

The Bare Necessities – In the Redwoods!

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One of the great things about spending time in the redwoods is leaving all the “stuff” behind. Somehow, when I’m out enjoying a relaxing day in the forest, it’s pretty easy to live without all those things I typically consider Continued


Free, redwoods-themed BINGO sheet.

Get online and then get outside!

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Want to encourage your child’s natural curiosity about the wonders of nature and take advantage of Cyber Monday as well? Make the most of some of the online bargains available right now, and put together a backpack kit for your Continued


Give the gift of redwood seedlings. Photo by Mark Bult

Redwoods-friendly Holiday Shopping Ideas

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Only 35 days until Christmas! There is always so much to do and buy at the holidays. Shouldn’t it be fun, and not overwhelming? This year, I’m trying to make things a little easier – and more forest-friendly! Here are Continued


Ants tending aphids on the underside of young leaves of Big Leaf Maple (Acer macrophyllum) in Del Norte County.

Feasting in the Redwood Forest

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No doubt, we have all experienced the joy of showing up to a thoughtfully prepared Thanksgiving feast with family and friends.  Surrounded by overflowing dishes of food, it is nearly impossible to go to bed hungry following a Thanksgiving meal. Continued


Redwood tree cores.

Cross-section of a redwood tree?

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Since I was a little girl, I’ve enjoyed standing next to the large cross-section of redwood trunk on display at the entrance of Muir Woods National Monument. It boggles my mind that this redwood started growing in the year 909 Continued


Credit: Victoria, Bowne Munro Elementary, East Brunswick, New Jersey

‘Thank You’ to All the Kids Who Love Redwoods!

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I’m writing this post with two special events on my mind: the Save the Redwoods League art contest for kids, and Thanksgiving! The winners of the art contest will be announced tomorrow, November 15, and it seems apropos that the Continued


Banana slug.

Slug Truth is Stranger than Fiction

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Did you know that the coast redwood forest is home to the largest slug in North America and the second largest slug worldwide*?  Yep, our very own banana slug (Ariolimax columbianus) grows up to 8 inches in length and can Continued


Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park.

Redwoods in a Starring Role

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Autumn is definitely upon us, and as the colder months advance, many of us transition into “hibernation mode,” enjoying some cozy indoors activities in favor of outdoor adventures. If you find yourself more in the mood for a movie and Continued


Enjoying Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.

Hartley Leaves Legacy of Accomplishments for Redwood Forests

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Ruskin Hartley’s most recent and final blog for Save the Redwoods League was titled “Bracing for Rain” and anticipated the Bay Area’s first wet weather of the season.  Ruskin’s resignation from his position as the League’s Executive Director led me Continued


Ageratina adenophora

They call it “forest killer”

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I just returned from a vacation in Nepal, a beautiful country boasting the tallest mountains in the world. For two weeks I trekked through the mountains, seeing stark snowscapes and yak-covered slopes in the northern high Himalayas and the lush Continued


Eel River. Photo by Howard King

Brown to Blue: The Eel River’s Dramatic Changes in Hue

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When the South Fork Eel River in Mendocino County turns blue during the winter, it is impossible not to wonder why the river changes color so much over the course of the year. With first fall rains, autumn leaves falling Continued


Dark forest. Photo by (matt), Flickr Creative Commons

Spooky Family Fun in the Redwoods

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Halloween is the perfect time of year for discovering new events and activities that the whole family can enjoy. If you’re looking to do more together than just trick-or-treating, how about seeking out some spooky family fun in the redwoods? Continued


Rain drops glisten on a fence post after winter rain.

Bracing for Rain

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For millennia the redwoods have stood tall, facing west as they look out across the vast Pacific Ocean—an ocean that brings fog in the summer and rain in the winter.  Earlier this week the first storm of the season rolled Continued


Coral fungus in the redwood forest.

There’s More Than Meets the Eye to Forest Fungi

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Did you know that winter rains cause fungi to reproduce in the redwood forest?  Mushrooms are the most visible parts of the fungal body and grow up out of the soil so that the wind will disperse their spores.  When Continued



I am joined by Ruth Coleman and Jon Jarvis to celebrate acquisition of the Sandhill property from League to state parks.

Drilling for Park Land

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What do offshore oil drilling and Zion National Park have in common with the redwoods?  On first pass, not much – but as a recent story on CBS news shows, they are linked through a nearly 50-year-old program called the Continued


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