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Two climbers wearing hard hats shimmy up ropes along the trunk of a massive giant sequoia

First climb of General Sherman Tree reveals health status

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You could say the General Sherman Tree was overdue for a physical—by at least 2,000 years. The iconic giant sequoia, which stands in California’s Sequoia National Park, is the largest living tree on the planet and has withstood two millennia …


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League podcast explores jobs in the redwood forest

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Ever spent your day staring at a computer screen and wondered, “What it would be like to work outside in a redwood forest instead?” Season 4 of the League’s acclaimed podcast I’ll Go If You Go explores this question, delving …


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Which California State Parks Week activity will you choose?

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Will you hike through the redwood forest by starlight? Try out Qi Gong or forest bathing? Participate in a beach cleanup or a bioblitz? Whatever you fancy, there’s a fun way to participate in the third annual California State Parks …


Rosie Clayburn stands in front of a restored pond and looks into the distance

Yurok leader offers insight on landmark project at ‘O Rew  

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Rosie Clayburn is a dynamic leader with the Yurok Tribe of Northern California, the state’s largest Indigenous tribe. As the Yurok Tribal Heritage Preservation Officer and Cultural Resources Director, she advises on everything from land acquisition to the protection of …


Crew members in hard hats carrying large bags plant seedlings up a barren slope with sequoias in the background

Biden and Newsom make big conservation announcements

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As Earth Month comes to a close and Spring takes hold in earnest across the redwood range, let’s take stock of some recent conservation policy announcements.    Just in the last few weeks, we’ve seen the Biden Administration announce a brand …


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Follow the money…to your favorite redwood forest

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Spectacular. Breathtaking. Transcendent. These are the phrases people often utter while exploring an ancient grove of giant sequoias or a lush swath of second-growth coast redwoods. It’s the rare visitor who gazes at the sun-dappled splendor of a redwood forest …


Bright blue water travels through underground roots and up the trunk of a redwood tree in this animation of water transportation in the redwoods

New documentary reveals secrets of California redwoods

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They only had to wait a few thousand years, but the redwoods are finally getting their moment in the cinematic spotlight. California’s big trees are the stars of Giants Rising, a new feature-length documentary that will make its Bay Area …


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Rocky Ridge expands stunning Mendocino redwood park

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They say good things come to those who wait. Case in point: Rocky Ridge, the first League-conserved property to be added to California State Parks in well over a decade. Last month, the state park system formally accepted ownership of …


a woman wearing a red rain poncho smiles as she prepares to plant a redwood sapling

Earth Day and beyond: 9 ways to honor nature

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Earth Day has been around since 1970, but there’s never been a more important time to recognize the irreplaceable beauty of the outdoors and the power of nature-based solutions to climate change. On April 22, Earth Day events and initiatives …


A child sits on the floor of a redwood forest

Redwoods transcend barriers of autism

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My son Donovan (shown in the video above) was three when we received his autism diagnosis. Up to that point, we had already faced challenges of raising a child on the spectrum, including his dismissal from two preschools. When we …


A diverse group of young people pose for a group photo in front of a large redwood tree

League announces 2024 Redwood Connect grantees 

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Each year, Save the Redwoods League funds trips to the redwood forest for an incredible lineup of community and education organizations. Looking at our list of 2024 grantees, we can already envision how their outdoor programs could shape the lives …



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Redwoods: A muse for artist’s captivating creations

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We were living a perfect week: September in Sausalito. My friends and I traveled from Chicago in 2008 to participate as guest artists in the Sausalito Art Festival for the first time. We finished setting up on Wednesday evening. Over …


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How new wolves may affect the sequoia ecosystem

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In a remarkable chance encounter hundreds of miles from any other known wolves, two of the canids recently found each other in Sequoia National Forest, where their kind has been absent since the 1920s. Researchers are studying how this breeding …


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Let’s put a climate bond on the November 2024 ballot

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League President and CEO Sam Hodder talks a little bit about what a climate bond could mean for the redwoods, as well as communities throughout California. It is critical that our legislators work to craft and pass a single climate …



Many yellow flowers bloom among tall grass

Snow-melting cabbage and other surprises

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Behind five alluring coast redwood forest plants are stories of endurance, adaptation, and even superpowers. See if you can spot these remarkable species this spring. Western skunk cabbage Blooming as early as February along streams and wet areas, western skunk …


A large giant sequoia is surrounded by a wooden fence along a snowy path

Magical winter backpacking in Mariposa Grove

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During every backpacking trip, I question my sanity. This is typical during miles 5 through 7 or on any uphill section. However, on my recent trip to Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias in Yosemite National Park, this questioning came a …


A man and a baby, both wearing knitted caps, sitting on a bench in a giant sequoia forest

11 unique baby names inspired by the redwoods

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Around the League office, a baby on the way is exciting news. So when our land stewardship manager, Anthony Castaños, announced that he and his wife were expecting a wee one, the staff was a-twitter. Should we knit a tiny …


A mountain lions talks across an open grassy field surrounded by forest

Caught on camera: Majestic elk, playful fawns, slinky pumas

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Something wonderful happens when a redwood forest is protected. Just ask the black bears, coyotes, and mountain lions padding past the League’s wildlife cameras at Lost Coast Redwoods. These creatures can be seen loping down former logging roads or nosing …


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