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Watch: Songs of the Sequoias

There’s no shortage of inspiration to be gleaned from redwood trees. Folk singer Woody Guthrie sang of the redwood forest in his beloved tribute to the American landscape, This Land Is Your Land. In Travels with Charley, John Steinbeck waxed about the forest’s cathedral hush and the “need to bow to the unquestioned sovereigns.” And in Magnum, P.I., Tom Selleck said, “Son, never throw a punch at a redwood.” Wise words, all of them.

From July 7 – 18, 2016, in the San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park, Sunset Pianos planted twelve pianos as part of the “Flower Piano” series. Hundreds of musicians took their cues from San Francisco’s original giants at the piano nestled into the amphitheater of the redwood grove.

“It’s fabulous to be able to play out in the open, almost like you’re in Big Sur or Mendocino,” said pianist Mike Lee after a flawless rendition of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major. “How many times in your life do you get to play like this?”

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Photo courtesy of Latino Outdoors

Pokémon GO does Latino Conservation Week


Initiatives like Latino Conservation Week aim to engage Latino communities in public lands, create opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, break down barriers, and become allies in defending our natural places. So cue Pokémon GO: this app is integrating technology with nature. Within its first week the much anticipated Pokémon GO App has become a must have for die-hard fans and new Pokémon enthusiasts alike.

Coffin tree. Photo by Brian Chlu, Flickr Creative Commons

Coffin Tree, a Redwood Relative in Taiwan


This week we bring you the coffin tree (Taiwania cryptomeriodes) or Taiwan cedar, one of the largest trees in Asia. This tree is found in forests in mainland China and Taiwan growing alongside plants not unlike those found in our coast redwood forests.

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