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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.

Redwood Regional Park

Learning from Our Predecessors’ Vision

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Last week I hiked the French Trail in Redwood Regional Park to take in the quiet of early morning in our neighboring redwood forest. Every time, I appreciate the wisdom, foresight and tenacity of those who preserved these redwoods and Continued


Close up of Long Meg and her Daughters

The Redwoods in Prehistory

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One of the things I enjoy when I’m in England is playing “spot the redwood tree.” It’s really pretty easy. I once read that if you ascend any church steeple in England and scan the horizon, the tallest tree is Continued


Redwoods compete for sunlight.

The Olympic-like Competition among Redwoods

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There’s nothing quite like the image of five Olympic rings to remind me of good old competition! I love the excitement that builds up as the games begin, wondering who will reign supreme. Trees may not be aware of our Continued


Emily looking good for a camera crew at Montgomery Woods State Park.

How to Look Good in the Redwoods

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So the other day a good friend of mine asked for some advice on how to look good in the redwoods. She was planning a trip with a diverse group of friends and family, and since she knew I spend Continued


Honor tree in Butano State Park

Redwoods and Remembrance

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I have spent the past week in England, not to attend the opening of the Olympics, but rather to attend my 90-year-old granny’s memorial service. As with all such occasions, the sadness of loss is mixed with the happiness of Continued


Miner’s lettuce (Claytonia perfoliata)

The Hunger Greens

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Montia perfoliata The forest stretches out for miles all around you. You find a large redwood tree that has been hollowed out at the base by ancient fires to sleep in tonight so you can stay out of the wind Continued


Emily and Harry in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.

Redwoods Parks Still Need Your Help

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It’s never good news when the Governor’s office notifies you by email that the director of California State Parks has decided to step down because a senior staff member allegedly mismanaged park funds. According to an article published by the Continued


Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park

Fifty Shades of Green

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Leaves rustle with the breeze all around you in the redwood forest. I’ve heard leaves called nature’s solar panels and they are the original and perhaps only truly green energy. They absorb carbon dioxide from the air and mix it Continued


Shady Dell

Building upon a Legacy of Success

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“I appeal to you to save these mighty trees, these wonderful monuments of beauty.” —Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States of America   As staff at Save the Redwoods League, it is both humbling and inspiring to have Continued


Selection harvest in Mendocino County.

We Can Halt Animal Extinction by Restoring Forests

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An article on the London-based Guardian website caught my eye last week. Having completed an exhaustive study in the Brazilian Amazon, scientists have determined that even if deforestation halted across the region overnight, dozens of species are doomed to disappear. Continued


Fires and humans shape redwood forests.

Impact of Humans on Forest Spans Thousands of Years

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Imagine being the first person to set foot inside the redwood forest. I can picture this visitor pushing through lush ferns as they gazed up at the towering trees. This brave explorer would have no trails to follow as they Continued



Rowan and Emerson walking down the trail.

The Redwood Forest: A Prescription for Kids, Adults

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Last week up in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park I overheard two young boys: “Daddy, can I take a photo of the creek?” His older brother commented, “I don’t need a camera, I’m going to take a photo with my Continued



Lunularia cruciata

Meet a Tiny Wonder of the Forest

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I’m pleased to introduce you to this tiny cutie of the redwood forest: Lunularia cruciata! I can guarantee that you’ve been in this tiny plant’s presence in the redwood forest, but maybe just didn’t notice it. Lunularia is a liverwort, Continued


"Big Tree" in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.

Redwoods’ Magic Shines amid Crisis

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After a year of anguish, hard work and some heartbreak, the headlines scream “no parks will close.” Well, except for the five that will. And the ones that will be closed during the week, or off-season. And some have no Continued


Majestic coast redwood tree.

Welcome to Our New Blog

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Thank you for visiting our Giant Thoughts blog. Giant Thoughts is a place for personal insights into our organization and our work. The blog not only allows us to hear from you and build our online community, but it also Continued


Photo by Save the Redwoods League

Videos, Films Support State Parks Facing Closure

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Keep up on the effort to save nearly 70 California State Parks, including redwood parks, from closure by watching these recently created videos and movies. Forward them to friends: public service announcements by our partner, California State Parks Foundation; The First 70, a short film about Californians uniting to develop solutions to the parks crisis.

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Jeff Norman

Event Honors Naturalist, History of Big Sur Parcel

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A celebration this month commemorated the late naturalist Jeff Norman (pictured) and his commitment to protecting Big Sur. His property was safeguarded when it was sold to Save the Redwoods League.

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League Honored: Cal State Parks Grants Award for Partnership

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California State Parks (CSP) honored Save the Redwoods League on May 19, 2010, with its prestigious Dewitt Award for Partnership, which recognizes commitment above and beyond the call of duty in protecting public lands over a substantial time period. CSP presents this award to those who have served as irreplaceable partners in the accomplishment of its mission. Learn more.

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