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.

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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Three people testing burn in forest

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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Video: Old Survivor

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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.

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Redwood forest trail

Why Redwood Regional Park Has a New Name

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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.

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California red-legged frog

New Study Shows Habitat Corridors Increase Biodiversity

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Imagine this: There’s an amazing neighborhood farmers’ market that’s a safe and easy walk from your house. You shop for fresh local produce there every week, until one day, the market is relocated to a spot that’s just out of reasonable walking distance. To top it off, there’s now a six-lane freeway that you’d have to cross to get to it. Your habitat has just been fragmented.

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It’s Go Time for Redwoods Rising

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In the far reaches of the North Coast of California, young redwoods await their moment to become ancient giants. Save the Redwoods League has been dedicated to protecting land in what is now Redwood National and State Parks since the early 1920s. We’ve protected and transferred to the parks more than 140 properties, encompassing more than 55,000 acres.

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Two bright red snowflowers on the forest floor.

The bloody flesh-like thing

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This strange little thing is called a snowflower or snow plant, and it is found fairly commonly in giant sequoia forests and other coniferous montane areas of California, Oregon, and Nevada. These common names are far friendlier than its scientific name, Sarcodes sanguinea, which translates roughly to “bloody flesh-like thing," in reference to the bright red color of the entire plant.

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Visitors holding hands around a giant sequoia

Memories of Redwoods and Sequoia

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I was born in a small rural town in the state of Nayarit in Mexico, where the “outdoors” was all around—outside. My memories of that time include playing in the river, running on dirt paths, and walking with family into the foothills to pick pitaya and guamuchile fruits.

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Giant sequoia trees

Celebrate National Public Lands Day

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Show your support for our redwoods getting outside to celebrate National Public Lands Day on Sept. 28. National Public Lands Day, the largest single-day volunteer effort for America’s public lands, celebrates the connection between people and green space in their Continued



Sam Hodder with one of the giant sequoia at Alder Creek.

We Have to Save This Place

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And now, we can announce the pending acquisition of the largest unprotected sequoia grove. Alder Creek is located near Camp Nelson off Highway 190, and is surrounded by the Giant Sequoia National Monument. It’s no exaggeration to call Alder Creek a crown jewel of the giant sequoia. In both size and conservation value, it is comparable to the famous Mariposa Grove, Yosemite National Park’s iconic giant sequoia stand.

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