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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.

Celebrate the redwoods this Earth Day! Photo by Ken Susman

7 Ways to Get Involved with the League on Earth Day

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Earth Day is on April 22, and with it, a worldwide celebration in honor of our planet’s natural wonders. Here are seven ways to celebrate our remarkable redwood forests on Earth Day, join in on the League’s 100th birthday festivities and honor these majestic giants during the Year of the Redwoods!

See the seven ways to celebrate our remarkable redwood forests on Earth Day and join in on the League’s 100th birthday festivities.

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Relictual old-growth coast redwood forest groves stand today as islands in a harvested landscape at Redwood National and State Parks. Photo credit: Mike Shoys

A Bright Future for Redwoods

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We proudly announced a bold commitment to invest in the health of logged redwood landscapes, so that the cutover forests can heal from the damage of the past and redwood giants can rise once again. In a collaborative called Redwoods Rising, Save the Redwoods League has teamed up with California State Parks and the National Park Service to do more redwood restoration together than we could individually within Redwood National and State Parks.

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Save the Redwoods League Centennial Vision for Redwoods Conservation

A Bold, New Vision for the League’s Next 100 Years

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Marking a critical moment in the 100-year history of Save the Redwoods League and the future of redwood forest conservation, we are releasing two defining documents: our State of Redwoods Conservation Report and Centennial Vision for Redwoods Conservation. They are the result of bold, aspirational visioning, robust strategic planning by the Council and Board of Directors of Save the Redwoods League, and extensive scientific research conducted by the League’s professional staff and partners.

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Funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund would help us protect the pictured Mailliard Ranch and other redwood forests. Photo by Paolo Vescia

Give Thanks for a Conservation Victory

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Good news about America’s most important conservation program: Save the Redwoods League and our conservation partners are celebrating recent bipartisan federal legislation that increases spending for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

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Photo by Max Forster

Help protect redwoods by voting ‘Yes’ on Prop 68 in June!

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Save the Redwoods League is part of the statewide coalition working to pass the Clean Water and Safe Parks Act, or Proposition 68, which if approved by voters will bring critical investments to California’s redwood forests. You can help protect redwoods and enhance our beloved redwood parks by voting “Yes” on Prop 68 in June.

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Reading the Redwoods contest. Photo by Annie Burke

Fostering A Sense of Wonder with Reading the Redwoods

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Reading the Redwoods, a free online contest for kids in grades K-5 throughout the U.S., embodies the spirit of Rachel Carson’s A Sense of Wonder and delivers it in thoroughly modern ways. Through this contest, Save the Redwoods League is bringing the redwoods to more children, regardless of where they live, and connecting families to forests and nature through reading and stories.

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Donate your car to help save redwoods. Photo by Nicolas Boullosa, Flickr Creative Commons

How and Why You Should Donate Your Vehicle to the League

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To help protect the marvelous redwood forests, there are many ways to give. But did you know that we accept car donations? Through CARS, our trusted partner, anyone can easily donate a vehicle. It doesn’t matter whether your vehicle — be it a car, truck, van, boat or motorcycle — is in good shape or not. Proceeds will go towards supporting our urgent work to protect and restore redwoods.

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Photo courtesy of California State Parks

If the Santa Cruz Mountains could speak….

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Experience the Santa Cruz Mountains like you never have before with your own professional California State Parks backcountry naturalists. Hike through fields of wildflowers, gaze at sweeping vistas, sleep under tranquil ancient redwoods, drink teas sourced from native plants, and … Continued


T. A. Barron. Photo by Aimee Giese

T. A. Barron Writes of Wonder in the Redwoods

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T. A. Barron, a Councilor for Save the Redwoods League, grew up in rural Colorado, where his connection to nature was immersive and powerful. The lofty peaks, pristine streams, and expansive aspen and spruce forests of the Rocky Mountains constituted … Continued


The League plans expanded access to the breathtaking Headwaters Forest Reserve with support from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund. Speak up to reauthorize the program. Photo by Mike Shoys

Join Our Advocacy Campaigns, Contact Your Lawmakers

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Use your vote and voice to speak up for California’s iconic coast redwood and giant sequoia forests. Save the Redwoods League needs you to join our campaigns and stand for the redwoods: Learn the latest on three crucial funding sources and one bill that would protect our national monuments. And celebrate a conservation success in Oregon!

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Photo courtesy of Brittney Mcguire

Storm Patrol Crew vs. the Road

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At Redwood National Park, a two-person storm patrol crew is working to fight erosion. As Janette Parsons and Brittney Mcguire ended their summer season working at the park last year, they were asked to continue as part of the League’s winter storm patrol crew.

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Rolando Cohen, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, and Harry Pollack, General Counsel, for Save the Redwoods League led a hike at Portola Redwoods State Park for our Free Second Saturdays at Redwood State Parks event in February. Photo by Rolando Cohen

Finding Strange Marvels in Portola Redwoods

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We’re nine people, trekking through Portola Redwoods State Park on a sunny Saturday afternoon led by Rolando Cohen and Harry Pollack from Save the Redwoods League. Our hike was a component of the League’s Free Redwoods Days, which will happen every second Saturday of 2018.

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Can You Play Forest ‘Match’-Maker?

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In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’re thinking about the iconic redwood forest duos—those essential relationships between the trees, the environment, and the creatures who make the redwood forests their home. Can you guess any of these amazing duos?

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