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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.







Song of Six Rivers by Zev Levinson

Two Reviews

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Read two book reviews from the League’s REDWOODS magazine: Song of Six Rivers, a poem by author Zev Levinson, and Stretch to the Sun by Carrie A. Pearson.

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The Diaz family of San Jose visiting Samuel P. Taylor State Park

Program Connects 30,000 Visitors to Parks

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The redwood forests are among the Diaz family’s favorite places. Jami, her husband Xavier, and their sons, Nolan, 8, and Hollis, 4, love to take trips from their San Jose home to decompress among the giant trees. So when they learned on Facebook about the League’s 2018 Free Second Saturdays in redwood parks, they jumped at the chance to explore different forests.

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Fog provides coast redwoods with much of the moisture they need

Can Redwoods Survive a Hotter Planet?

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“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe,” John Muir wrote in My First Summer in the Sierra. I was reading a lot of Muir during my first summer in the Sierra, the summer I fell in love with giant sequoia trees.

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Amanda Machado (center) visits Redwood Regional Park in Oakland with friends

Redwoods Helped Connect My Latino Family to the Outdoors

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Moments like these made a difference. By sharing Redwood Regional Park with family members and later, other friends of color, it became the space where my Latino identity and my outdoorsiness started finally coming together, the space where the outdoors also began to feel culturally like home.

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Students in the League’s Redwoods and Climate Change High School Program measure a redwood.

The New Climate Heroes: League Program Inspires Future Scientists

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Today’s youths are destined to be tomorrow’s climate champions. That’s why it’s so critical to empower them to learn about climate change from all angles — including from inside a redwood forest. Through the League’s Redwoods and Climate Change High School Program, students gain crucial environmental literacy.

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Charred giant sequoia were killed in the 2017 Pier Fire

Ask an Expert

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Home of some of the tallest and most extraordinary trees in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Portola Redwoods State Park provides visitors with a much-needed escape from life in nearby Silicon Valley.

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Scientists completed sequencing the coast redwood and giant sequoia genomes. Photo by Will Kirk of Homewood Photography (JHU)

Seeing the Forest for the Genes

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Researchers just unlocked the genetic codes of our coast redwood and giant sequoia forests, a remarkable milestone in the effort to protect California’s iconic redwood forests and regrow historically logged areas through the protection of the forests’ genomic diversity.

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The Making of an Incredible Redwood Exhibit

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The Giants of Land and Sea exhibit at the California Academy of Sciences gives an interactive look at one of nature’s most perfect manifestations of ecological balance: In Northern California, an ancient redwood forest cloaks the rocky coastline, drawing life force from the Pacific Ocean to sustain an otherworldly place.

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