As we reflect on 2018 — the Centennial year for Save the Redwoods League — I’m excited to share some of the many successes that you made possible.
Together, we were able to:
- Protect two of the three largest unprotected old-growth groves remaining: 730-acre Harold Richardson Redwoods Reserve and the 160-acre Red Hill property
- Unveil the League’s first State of Redwoods Conservation Report, showing that redwood ecosystems are facing some of their most significant challenges, and present our Centennial Vision for Redwoods Conservation, describing how we will meet these challenges in the years to come
- Announce our Redwoods Rising restoration collaborative, helping the young, recovering forests in Redwood National and State Parks become the old-growth forest of future generations and demonstrating how organizations can work together to restore our forests at scale
- Reach 16,000 students in California through the League’s education programs and over 5,000 more worldwide through new digital field trips to Calaveras Big Trees State Park
- Celebrate our Centennial with more than 140,000 new friends and dedicated supporters at dozens of events throughout California
- Provide free access to our redwood state parks for more than 30,000 people, nearly 70 percent of whom told us they’d never been to the parks before
- Inspire more than 100 partner organizations to stand for the redwoods with us by sharing our Centennial message with their networks and helping us lead dozens of celebration events across the state
- Raise nearly $2 million at our Centennial Celebration Gala, benefitting thousands of students and millions of park visitors with improved access, education, and amenities within the redwood parks
- Reach more than 1 billion people through the news we generated, raising awareness for redwood forests, the League, and our programs
- Earn historic recognition from the California State Senate and Assembly, Governor Jerry Brown, and Congressman Jared Huffman for the redwood forests and the League’s efforts to save them
- And just yesterday, you and other dedicated members joined together to hit our goal of raising $500,000 to protect the Grove of Titans. Dedicated League donor Josie Merck will match those gifts.
This is just a snapshot of what we were able to accomplish with your support. Thank you for taking a stand for the redwoods this year and for making a difference for California’s incredible redwood forests.
One hundred years is just the beginning. As we start our second century with you, we are thrilled to work toward our new vision of doubling the size of protected redwood forests, setting young redwoods on the path to becoming magnificent old-growth stands, and connecting generations to these ancient wonders.
Happy new year!