Video: Old Survivor

In the 1850’s, fueled by the California Gold Rush, an ancient redwood forest was drastically logged to help build San Francisco.

This film highlights “Old Survivor”, the only remaining old-growth redwood in the East Bay hills, and tells the story of Oakland’s resilient, ecologically amazing, and now protected redwood forest.

Featuring Save the Redwoods League, City of Oakland Parks, and the East Bay Regional Park District, the film promotes outdoor recreation and open space networks, encourages stewardship, celebrates local history, and educates the viewer about redwood forest ecology.

For more information about the film, visit Oakland Trails website.

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About Save the Redwoods League


Since 1918, Save the Redwoods League has protected and restored redwood forests and connected people with their peace and beauty so these wonders of the natural world flourish.

Why Redwood Regional Park Has a New Name


Since the 1940 opening of Redwood Regional Park, there have been efforts to commemorate Dr. Reinhardt’s association with this haven of coast redwoods, which once blanketed the Oakland Hills prior to the logging era.

A Successful Prescribed Burn at Beaver Creek


Save the Redwoods League has successfully completed our first forestland prescribed burn at our Beaver Creek property! In collaboration with CAL FIRE, California State Parks, and our contractor Firestorm, a 20-acre unit of the 320-acre property was treated with fire last Friday under the guidance and supervision of our burn boss Ben Jacobs.

7 Responses to “Video: Old Survivor”

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    Vivian Selecman

    Sad to think that the bay area once looked like Humboldt County and we completely destroyed it! Keep up the good work.

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    Jon Jillson. South Haven, MI 49090

    Wonderful film!! I am a member of Save the Redwoods League. In Michigan we have a nursery that clones seedlings from redwoods and sequoia. See Archangels. Their mission is to reforest the world. They clone champion trees to preserve these important and historical tree. They clone trees from the estate of George Washington etc. the name of the man who clones the redwoods and sequoia is David Milarch There is a book about him—-The man who planted trees by Jim Robbins. An old Chinese proverb—When is the best time to plant a tree? Twenty years ago. The second best time? Today.

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    Thank you for all your efforts in preserving these magnificent trees!

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    Alexandra Graziano

    Save the Redwoods, they are so important to the ecology of the planet.

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    Alan Solomon

    Awesome video. I want to go there. I want an Old Survivor sticker. I have seen a couple on cars and other things where I live.. When walking into Redwoods I totally feel that I am walking into a cathedral or a temple of some sort. There is definitely an extra sense realized in a Redwood forest that I do not get anywhere else, for me.
    Cannot explain it but, would like to experience it every day in the future and take people to experience it as well. I have always been a tree lover and I consider living Redwoods living beings. God is in Redwoods like it is in all of us.

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    Thomas Engelhardt

    Brilliant! Thank you!

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    Lynne Zickerman

    A wonderful accomplishment! Thank You so much!
    Good work!


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