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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.





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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K-12 Giant Sequoia Tour from Anywhere

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Park Interpretive Specialist Jenny Comperda reports from Calaveras Big Trees State Park, where 8,500 students from around the world experienced the giant sequoia forest through the League’s virtual field trips.

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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Photo: David Baselt, redwoodhikes.com.

Captivating Essay of Redwoods’ History

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Coming face to face with a coast redwood or a giant sequoia can be a world-expanding experience. Yet, without real context of the species’ antiquity, gazing up at seemingly boundless crowns and at gargantuan trunks can actually leave some onlookers underwhelmed.

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Our national monuments, including the pictured Giant Sequoia National Monument, are at risk. Photo by William Croft.

Our National Monuments Need Your Voice Today

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Congress needs to hear that you support a new bill to protect our national monuments—including Giant Sequoia National Monument—from actions that threaten their natural and cultural resources. The ANTIQUITIES Act of 2019 would reinforce existing laws that safeguard the status of our presidentially designated national monuments. The League needs your help to push for protection of our national monuments.

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Trilliums bloom in the redwoods in spring

From Whales to Wildflowers: 5 Spring Trips in the Redwoods

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Take a break from spring cleaning and go spring hiking. It’s getting warmer, and that means snowmelt is creating flowing waterfalls, wildflowers are blooming across California, and you can soak up some sun. While all the redwood parks deserve a visit, here are recommendations that can make your spring trips special. From whales to delicate flowers, there’s something for everyone this season.

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The League’s reaccreditation demonstrates sound finances, ethical conduct, responsible governance, and lasting land stewardship.

League Earns Reaccreditation

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As the glow fades from the 100 candles atop our Centennial birthday cake, there’s one more present we’ve yet to reveal—our renewed accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. Save the Redwoods League achieved accredited status, for a second time. This mark of distinction is the gold standard for land trusts.

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The Once and Future Forest: California's Iconic Redwoods limited edition book.

3 Authors to Present Special League Book

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Come and hear three authors and League President Sam Hodder discuss the majestic redwood forests they describe in the new book by Save the Redwoods. David Harris, Greg Sarris, and David Rains Wallace will participate in a panel about the book, The Once and Future Forest, which explores redwoods’ history and significance. The event is set for May 5, 2019, at the renowned Bay Area Book Festival in Berkeley.

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Photo by David Baselt, RedwoodsHikes.com

Make a Bigger Difference for Redwoods

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A thousand acres have already been restored as part of Redwoods Rising—a collaborative project to transform historically logged parkland into old, magnificent redwood forests once again. Please, make a gift now so we can keep working to restore the full 70,000 acres.

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The League’s reaccreditation demonstrates sound finances, ethical conduct, responsible governance, and lasting land stewardship.

League Earns National Accreditation for a Second Time

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As the glow fades from the 100 candles atop our centennial birthday cake, there’s one more present we’ve yet to reveal—our renewed accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission! Save the Redwoods League achieved accredited status, for a second time, a mark of distinction and the gold standard for land trusts.

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Snowshoeing in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Photo by Patrn, Flickr Creative Commons

12 Ideas for Winter in the Redwoods

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Everyone should have a chance to experience the magic of snow-draped sequoia, and this year, conditions are perfect. There’s plenty of snow and plenty of ways to get out and enjoy it. So if you’re craving a day in the forest, here are some ideas for where to go and what to do when the snow falls.

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