Giant Thoughts

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.

A young girl smiles at the camera as she enjoys exploring a redwood park. She is standing in front of a young redwood tree. Learn how to connect kids with the redwoods from a distance.

How to Help Kids Connect With the Redwoods from a Distance

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Remember… The Redwoods have stood tall through histories of disaster and destruction and are still here to help us breathe. While schools are closed and shelter-in-place is in effect throughout California, the forests can remind us of our opportunity to Continued



A Marvelous Journey through Cascade Creek

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This is the kind of place you protect, not just because it is incredibly beautiful, but because it makes the natural world in every direction all that much better.

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Mia Monroe, Site Supervisor at Muir Woods National Monument, has long collaborated with the League to share redwoods with the forest's 1.5 million annual visitors. Photo by Paolo Vescia

A Woman’s Place Is in the Forest

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In Honor of Women’s History Month, here’s a roundup of stories that highlight just a few of the ways women have contributed to redwoods conservation, then and now.

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Kristen Shive and Matthew Bettelheim

Save the Redwoods League wins conservation award

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In recognition of its many achievements safeguarding California redwoods for future generations, Save the Redwoods League recently received the Conservationist of the Year Award from The Wildlife Society

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Pacific fisher

Spotted: The Elusive Pacific Fisher at Red Hill

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These nocturnal critters are mid-sized carnivores in the weasel family. Females have home ranges up to 10 square miles, and males have even larger home ranges since they mate with multiple females.

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What a Difference a Year Makes

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Wow. This was truly another year for the books. We wondered how we could possibly top our centennial year, and thanks to all of you, we did it.

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Video: Skiing at Alder Creek

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Now that there’s snow on the ground in the Sierra, we thought it would be fun to share these clips of when we explored Alder Creek last winter on skis. This is a wild landscape, and skis are perhaps the most efficient way to see it in winter.

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Video: Alder Creek in Winter

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With snow in the Sierra, we thought this would be a great time to share this video of Alder Creek covered in white. The massive cinnamon trunks of these ancient sequoia stand out beautifully against the snow. We’re inching closer to our goal of $15.65 million to purchase and protect this incredible landscape for future generations.

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Thanks for making Giving TREESday a success

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Over 700 generous donors helped us cross the finish line to hit our Giving TREESday goal to raise $50,000. Those funds, matched by the Bently Foundation, will go directly to help purchase Alder Creek, the world’s last significant unprotected giant Continued


Young visitor looking at tree rings

How old are these redwoods, really?

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It’s the question that usually comes right after the one about height: “How old do you think this redwood is?”
And in many ways, the answer to this second question can be even more stunning than the first.

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A Successful Prescribed Burn at Beaver Creek

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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.

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