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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.

Native American Use of Fire

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In discussing fire, it is important to think about who managed the forests before us, and how that has influenced what the forests look like today. Many different Native American groups lived throughout the redwood region, each utilizing the natural Continued


A Perspective on Albino Redwoods

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This week, arborist and horticulturist, Tom Stapleton, shares his perspective on the fascinating and mysterious ghosts of the redwood forest…the albino redwoods! By studying these rare trees, he hopes to learn if climate causes albinism and aid in the protection and Continued


One Way to Manage and Protect a Forest: Burn It

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Lately we have been thinking a lot about fire. It is fire season in California and sadly huge fires in the west are making headlines with their destructive activity. So, we’ve been discussing ways to decrease these devastating forest fires. Continued


Fire Season

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Along with spring, summer, autumn and winter, California has a fifth season – fire season.  After a couple of dry winters, the current fire season in California is predicted to be one of the most intense on record.  Habitats from Continued


Strengthened Relationships Key to Conservation Success

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Stronger alliances and more collaboration are key for better protection of northern California’s farms, fish and forests for future generations.  That message resonated with the passionate conservation professionals attending the California Council of Land Trusts’ (CCLT) recent California Northern Region Continued


Foggy Focus

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The new issue of Bay Nature has an article on the fantastic and ephemeral feature of our local climate — fog. The article, Demystifying Mist, describes the science of studying fog and conjures up images of misty forest days that Continued


How Lizards Help Save Us from Lyme Disease

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With all the talk these days about ticks and Lyme disease, it’s good to know that at least some creatures are looking out for us.  Blue-belly lizards (also known as the western fence lizard, or Sceloporus occidentalis) are a common Continued


The League’s Shady Dell Work is Honored

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Save the Redwoods League’s work in preserving the Shady Dell tract on the southern end of the Lost Coast and adjacent to the Usal Redwood Forest, home of the famous candelabra trees, recently earned a special honor. The League was Continued


Acorn woodpecker. Photo by Walt Koenig

Is That Your Egg or Mine?

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While walking through a forest with oaks, it is hard not to notice the loud, parrot-like “waka waka” call of the beautiful acorn woodpecker. Their bright red, white, and black coloring is similar to many other woodpeckers, yet their call Continued


Share and Share Alike

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In an early version of a now-famous passage, John Muir wrote, “When we try to pick out anything by itself we find that it is bound fast by a thousand invisible cords that cannot be broken, to everything in the Continued


Climbing at Dawn

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Today is the first day of summer, the longest day of the year. Often the summer solstice makes me think of long evenings and late sunsets, but of course dawn comes incredibly early too. Today, I remember my earliest morning Continued


Is Save the Redwoods League Going into the Railroad Business?

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Conservation work comes in all shapes and sizes. Protecting, restoring, and sharing the redwood forest with the public is a broad mission, and we look to achieve it through a diversity of efforts. Sometimes the League’s projects are as obvious as Continued


Skunk Train Stories

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There is only one place you can enjoy the last remaining “motorcar” train choo-chooing through a forest of giant, ancient redwoods: the Skunk Train in Mendocino County! Built as a logging railroad in 1885 for moving giant, felled redwoods to Continued


How the Banana Slug Got its Name

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Every once in awhile, I stumble across something that just makes me laugh. The sight of this banana slug posing on its namesake was no exception! After seeing the yellow slug and banana peel together, it is no surprise to Continued


May Membership Madness a Success!

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Many thanks to everyone who participated in our first-ever May Membership Madness campaign! We’re thrilled to welcome all our new members, and thankful for all our existing members who spread the redwood love by gifting a membership to a friend. Continued


Building a City of Knowledge

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Sometimes when I tell people about new research the League has sponsored, like this recent study describing the links between forest condition and salamander populations in recovering redwood forests, I get a look that I know means, “That’s pretty neat, but Continued



Where have all the flowers gone?

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“Where have all the flowers gone? Long time passing.”  -Pete Seeger Over 170 years ago, early loggers began extracting redwood from the San Francisco bay area. The trees they cut were monumental and today we can still find the remnant stumps Continued


Summer Reading in the Redwoods

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I’m preparing for a backpacking trip in Yosemite next weekend. It will be my first visit to the park, and it includes homework! I’m going with a friend who suggested that we both read John Muir’s My First Summer in Continued