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Prairie Creek restoration revives salmon habitat

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Interesting fact about coast redwood forests: Researchers studying the tall trees near streams can detect marine nutrients in the wood—nitrogen isotopes that salmon have brought back to the freshwater environment. In other words, there’s a little bit of salmon in …


Hendy Woods

10 spots for a natural high in Mendocino County

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This rugged swath of Northern California is famous for spectacular stands of coast redwoods that hypnotize visitors with their pinch-me-I’m-dreaming beauty. These remaining old-growth giants give the groves in neighboring Humboldt County a run for their money, plus they’re a more doable three-hour drive from the San Francisco Bay Area. Add in nearby beachcombing, wine tasting, and sightseeing in coastal hamlets, and you’ve got a recipe for an incredible weekend getaway.


Max Sovine

Redwoods: A safe place to be ourselves

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In a sense, I was a latecomer to the world of the redwoods and the world of being queer. In both of these worlds, I connected with my true self.


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Uniting to protect sacred redwoods

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Tom Little Bear Nason, chairman of Big Sur’s Esselen Tribe of Monterey County, describes his tribe’s long-standing relationship with redwoods. He’s working with the area’s non-native communities to integrate cultural burn strategies into land management practices that will protect the forest from catastrophic wildfires. The deep-seated respect for ancient redwoods has inspired Little Bear and his apprentices to share their traditional ecological knowledge of fire mimicry with the Big Sur community.


Russian River

A river runs to it

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Securing a bright future for one of Sonoma County’s tallest redwoods—and its up-and-coming kin—at Russian River Redwoods


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President’s Letter

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I hope this issue of Redwoods gives you that “walk in the redwoods” excitement. That our suggestions for redwoods adventures in Mendocino stir your wanderlust. That learning how the League is transforming a former sawmill site into a stunning new gateway to Redwood State and National Parks inspires you with the restorability of even our most impacted landscapes. That you feel hope and gratitude, reading about the generosity of the Esselen Tribe in sharing their traditional ecological wisdom. That you nod in understanding as our Community Voices writer describes how life-saving time in nature can be.


Daen Wombwell standing in front of an ancient redwood tree.

The man who kept his promise

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“I had no idea the redwoods are the best harvesters of carbon dioxide of any forest type in the world.” Whatever it takes to revive the redwoods, Wombwell is in. “If you need me to plant trees,” he says with a grin, “I’ll put on my Wellie boots.” Wombwell’s advice? “If you care about the forests, the climate, Indigenous peoples, wildlife, even the hiking and biking trails, take that step and donate.” To inspire new members of Save the Redwoods League’s Canopy Club the Wombwell family will match new gifts of $10,000 or more up to $750,000.


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What does AB 618 mean for your next campout?

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If you’ve ever tried booking a California state park campsite for a popular weekend, you know that sinking feeling. Scrolling past booked campground after booked campground, it seems like the entire state shared your dream of pitching a tent beneath …



Two young people pose for a selfie in front of tall redwood trees.

First experience of old-growth redwoods is “mind-blowing”

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It was a classic California road-trip: Two good friends, a Taylor Swift soundtrack, scenic vistas, one flat tire. But for Sara Williams and Adrian Fausto, the journey north to Humboldt County was the start of a larger adventure—a quest to …


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Redwoods Rising celebrates 5 years of audacious optimism

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With a project as big and bold as Redwoods Rising—an endeavor that will take decades to complete—it’s all about celebrating big milestones along the way. So on a sunny Thursday afternoon in September, project partners Save the Redwoods League, California …


Roosevelt Elk traffic

Video: Redwoods traffic jam

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Watching a group of Roosevelt elk slowly cross highway 101.


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Beat the heat at these cool redwood parks

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“Head for the beach!” That’s the message triggered in the human brain once temperatures push past 80 degrees. But can beaches get packed during heat waves, and they often lack shelter from harsh UV rays. Not to mention the sand …


People ride in an electric all-terrain chair through Prairie Creek Redwoods.

Making tracks to the redwoods with David’s Chair

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There’s a new way for redwoods enthusiasts with mobility challenges to explore the stunning old-growth groves at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. The park now offers an electric all-terrain Action Trackchair for use on designated trails, including more rugged trails …


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Going solo in Sequoia National Park

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From childhood, many of the stories we’re told about nature are cautionary tales. These bedtime stories frighten us with the horrors one may find if we dare venture into the woods alone. Especially for young girls and marginalized folks, these …


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Recently released condors thrive in redwoods country

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Eight young California condors last July took the skies, following the Klamath River toward the ocean near Redwood National and State Parks in Northern California. The birds finally settled for the night near Blue Creek, the lowest of the Klamath …


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Window opens for $6,000 Redwood Connect Grants

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It’s one of our favorite times of the year at Save the Redwoods League: When proposals start arriving for Redwood Connect Grants. We’re always inspired by the diversity of projects and the inventive ideas for providing young people with meaningful …


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Dancing rangers, dunk tanks at Prairie Creek birthday bash

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A century may be no big deal to a 2,000-year-old redwood tree. But for us humans, a 100-year anniversary calls for one heck of a party. On August 26th, Save the Redwoods League staff joined more than a thousand fellow …


An insider’s look at the Russian River Redwoods

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League President and CEO Sam Hodder offers an up-close look at Russian River Redwoods as he shares the incredible opportunity to save this magnificent forest and the beloved Clar Tree. Learn more about the Russian River Redwoods project and how …


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Exciting moments as water flows into restored Prairie Creek

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The first thing you realize when you visit the Prairie Creek restoration project is the sheer scale of it. For someone like me who had only seen the project through photographs and maps and artist renderings, it was shocking to …