The Fight to Save the Redwoods: Then and Now

You helped us protect the Noyo River Redwoods. Photo by Julie Martin
You helped us protect the Noyo River Redwoods. Photo by Julie Martin

Since 1918, Save the Redwoods League has been fighting to fund redwoods protection all the while the funding for land conservation in California has continued to change. More recently, between 2002 and 2006, the voters of California approved bond measures to finance some $15 billion in conservation resource programs. These extraordinarily successful programs that have improved California’s water and air quality, protected large tracts of open space, expanded parks, and protected wildlife habitat and historical and cultural resources.

Millions of dollars went toward protecting redwood forests, a conservation priority. Save the Redwoods League has been a grantee of some of these dollars; most recently the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) granted bond funds to assist the League and Mendocino Land Trust to save the spectacular, ancient Noyo River Redwoods from destruction.

Now the bond funds are nearly depleted—2014 or 2015 will likely see the final expenditures—and the next conservation bond measure is not yet on the ballot. So, what does the future hold? The League will be creative as we continue to fight for the redwoods: we will work with other conservation organizations to share costs, and ask our generous donors to rally in support.

Since the day the League was founded, one factor has been a constant contributor to the success of redwoods conservation: the generosity of donors like you, who recognize that these special places are worth saving.

We’ve come a long way, but we still face many challenges ahead. Please show your support by making a donation to the League today. Thank you for continuing to make it possible for the League to save this iconic species and its habitat.

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Harry joined Save the Redwoods League’s staff in 2011 as the General Counsel. He brings over 30 years of experience in the fields of law and real estate transactions.

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