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Home of two breathtaking ancient redwood forests, Hendy Woods State Park will mark the grand reopening of its day-use Area on June 28, 2015.

Celebrate Reopening of Day-Use Area

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New amenities help you enjoy Hendy Woods even more with friends, families Your New Gateway to Ancient Giants You and your friends and families are invited to enjoy the improvements your donations made possible at the Hendy Woods State Park …


Fog is Back

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The fog is back. After thinking mostly of drought for the last few years, suddenly my focus is back to fog. It’s the ephemeral and unpredictable force of nature that I spent nearly a decade studying among the redwoods. The …


Breaking Ground to Extend Lost Coast Trail

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On the windswept Northern California coast is one of the most rugged, remote and wild places in the state. Great expanses of forest meet wildflower-carpeted bluffs before plunging from rocky cliffs to long, deserted beaches. Here, you can find solitude …


Bob and Harriet Jakovina

The Jakovinas: Protecting Wonder for Tomorrow’s Children

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Bob and Harriet Jakovina have devoted their lives to sharing their love of nature. Their wish is to make it possible for future generations to enjoy redwood forests and other beloved California landscapes. So they named Save the Redwoods League …


What’s That Flower?

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After taking a plant identification class a few weeks ago, I’ve become obsessed with identifying everything I see while hiking in the redwood forest. And although I have walked through many forests, I still see plants that are new to …


Louisa Morris, Director of the Trails and Conservation Program, Mendocino Land Trust (MLT). Photo by Paolo Vescia

Louisa Morris: Shaping Visitors’ Experiences in Nature

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The joy Louisa takes in stewardship shines through as she speaks about her work. She loves giving back to the Earth and restoring land damaged by human activity. As the leader of the California Coastal Trail Program for MLT, her …


Rosemary Cameron

Rosemary Cameron: A Proponent of People-Power for Parks

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Rosemary Cameron has a deep affection for local, county and regional parks. She spent most of her career helping them thrive. Retired from the East Bay Regional Park District in 2010, Cameron is now on the Board of Directors of Save the …


The Memorial Service for President Roosevelt among the redwoods at Muir Woods on May 19, 1945. Courtesy of The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

United Nations at Muir Woods 70 Years Ago

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On May 19, 1945, more than 500 United Nations delegates came from the first U.N. peace conference in San Francisco to gather at Muir Woods National Monument. At the time of this historic event, World War II was not yet over. …


Plants and Their Families

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When you’re out with your family, have you ever heard, “You look exactly like your father,” or “You have your mother’s nose!”? Just as human family members share physical characteristics in common, plants do as well. Plant family similarities might not …


David Weinberg. Photo by Paolo Vescia

David Weinberg: Capturing League History for the Ages

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Fans of the redwood forest have various motivations for supporting Save the Redwoods League. Some want to protect a place of peace and beauty forever. Others pitch in to restore the forests that have been lost to decades of destruction. …


Origins of Grace Cathedral’s Redwood Altar

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Grace Cathedral stands on top of San Francisco’s iconic Nob Hill. A large redwood altar has been a prominent feature of the Cathedral since 1964, inspiring many to wonder about the altar’s origin and the history of its wood. Grace …


The Funny Thing About Trails…

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It’s a funny thing about trails. For me, they carry a lot more significance than their linear simplicity would imply. Not just because I know firsthand what it takes to build them, but because through every phase of life and all …


Neal Youngblood - Geologist at Redwood National Park.

Neal Youngblood: Restoring Landscapes One Road at a Time

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If anything is lacking in Neal Youngblood’s life, it isn’t a professional challenge. As a geologist for Redwood National Park, Youngblood supervises logging road retirement. In terms of restoration of the region’s essential natural systems, there is no job that …


Photo by Scott Catron

Smallest Kids, Tallest Trees

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A highlight of my job is visiting the many education programs that we support through our redwood education grants. This year we supported 24 parks, schools and non-profits so they could bring over 6,000 students to our beautiful redwood forests. …


In 1972, President Nixon signed into law "An Act to Establish the Golden Gate National Recreation Area," which now includes Muir Woods. Photo by Stephen Kennedy, Flickr Creative Commons

Losing Ground: Are America’s Public Lands at Risk?

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America’s public lands are a treasured shared value.  Treasured, it would appear, by all but the U.S. Senate responsible for safeguarding them. Regardless of where we live in this country, of our social status, financial means, or political perspective, our …


Rick Sermon is helping to restore Mill Creek forest. Photo by Mark Bult

Rick Sermon: Forest Restoration Starts in Heart, Nursery

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It had always been Rick Sermon’s dream to bring the joy of a greenhouse and nursery to his workplace. Sermon saved that task for just before his retirement. Before that, he had one last thing to take care of as …


Spring Inspires Red-Bellied Newt Romance

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If you’ve ever visited Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve, you may have stumbled across one of the three species of newt that occur there. Although it is tempting to keep your eyes upturned to take in the majesty of the …


Todd McMahon, Vice President of NCRM Inc., an environmental consulting firm. Photo by Paolo Vescia

Todd McMahon: Using Forest Expertise to Heal the Land

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Todd McMahon is Vice President of NCRM Inc. (external link), an environmental consulting firm. He has helped manage League properties for many years, and has a great ability to understand each forest—what forces have impacted it, and what it needs …


In Butano State Park, you’ll feel transported to another world. Photo by Julie Martin

Rivendell or the Redwoods?

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Have you seen any of the Lord of the Rings movies? My kids are totally into them, and I’ll admit it, I am too! Aren’t the forest scenes beautiful? If you haven’t seen them, take my word for it — …


Robin eggs.

Colorful Eggs Found in the Wild

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As we go into the Easter weekend, kids are hand painting and dying eggs all colors of the rainbow in preparation for the hunt on Sunday. This tradition is not only a fun art project but can become an educational …