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League supporters Victoria Reeder and Roy Williams recently celebrated their wedding amongst the redwoods at Big Basin State Park.

Love in a Redwood Forest

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It’s no surprise the redwoods inspire people in many different ways. The biodiversity of plants and animals inspires scientists, the towering red-hued trunks of the trees inspire artists, and the fallen logs and clear creeks inspire an adventurous spirit in …


Bennett Juniper is quite large! Our property caretaker is standing to the right of the tree.

Caring for One of the Oldest Living Trees in the World

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Out in Tuolumne County, near the Middle Fork of the Stanislaus River, is a Western juniper tree known as the Bennett Juniper. It is estimated to be somewhere between 2,000 and 6,000 years old, and some botanists think it may …


Marbled murrelet. Photo Credit: USFWS, Flickr Creative Commons

Help an Endangered Bird by…Cleaning Up Your Crumbs?

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Tomorrow marks the longest day of the year, the summer solstice. The summer solstice is a time to celebrate the start of summer, long hours of sunlight, warm nights and plenty of opportunities to be outside. This weekend, you may …


The outdoor experiences we have as kids can help us be happier and healthier for our whole lives. Photo by rocket ship, Flickr Creative Commons.

Kids & Nature: Turning Around a Worrisome Trend

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Many of us who love nature have clear memories of meaningful outdoor experiences as children. At the Save the Redwoods League office, if you ask the staff why they chose careers in conservation, you’ll hear story after story about summers …


A hungry herd of goats is taking care of a thorny restoration problem at the League’s Cape Vizcaino property.

Goats Provide Much-Needed TLC at Cape Vizcaino

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The League’s Cape Vizcaino property is in need of a little TLC. Well, maybe a lot. In a previous blog, I described the problems we have with Douglas fir and tanoak trees encroaching into one of the property’s coastal meadows. …


Betty Thompson (right) visits with some of the youth at Oakhurst Baptist Church in Decatur before worship service begins on Sunday, May 25, 2014. Thompson will be traveling to the Redwood National Forest, where her dad once worked in the conservation corps, in June thanks to a project adopted by parishioners of Oakhurst to raise money to help Betty realize her dream. Photo by Jonathan Phillips, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta Woman’s Lifelong Wish to See the Redwoods Comes True

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Betty Thompson grew up in Georgia, far from California and confined by cerebral palsy to a wheelchair. As a girl, Betty, now age 66, was captivated by her father’s stories about life and work in Humboldt Redwoods State Park as …


Redwood Canopy Video

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Climbers took to the coast redwood treetops at Muir Woods National Monument for the first time this spring. Their canopy exploration was part of BioBlitz 2014, a massive effort to learn about and celebrate the biodiversity of Golden Gate National Recreation. …


Sam and his family in the redwoods.

3 Ingredients For the Best Father’s Day Ever

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I’ve been a father for sixteen years. While I will always feel like I’m still learning the ropes, I have loved every minute of it. In the early years every day felt like Father’s Day, with the grand welcome when …


Redwood Creek flows through Redwood National and State Parks before reaching the ocean.

Redwood Creek Safe from Prolific Invasive Snail, For Now

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Good news is not always easy to come by in regards to the redwood forest. Whether it is the threat of development, water diversion or unsustainable logging, bad tidings are all around us. Even though they’re not always obvious, there …


Oysters are a local treat and a great post-hike lunch. Photo by queenkv, Flickr Creative Commons.

A Gastronomic Tour of the Redwoods

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You know how sometimes after a long hike, that sandwich you brought along in your backpack is about the most delicious thing you’ve ever eaten? Well, as that famous chef guy says, we’re about to kick things up a notch. Next time, try skipping the granola in lieu of one of these four gastronomic experiences that are unique to the redwoods region.


The Eel River, which snakes along the Avenue of the Giants in Humboldt Redwoods State Park, has dozens of secluded and scenic swimming spots. Photo courtesy HRSP/Redwoods.info.

Make a Big Splash Among the Big Trees

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Sweltering summers are perhaps the best time all year to experience the redwood forests in Humboldt County the way locals do, as natural water parks. The Eel River, a federally designated Wild and Scenic River along the Avenue of the Giants, and Redwood Creek, which is surrounded by the world’s tallest trees in Redwood National Parks, have plenty of kid-friendly swimming holes.


Hit the trails this Saturday for National Trails Day!

All Our Trails Have to Offer

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This Saturday is National Trails Day®! Whenever I think about hiking on one of the over 200,000 miles of trails we have in the U.S., the lyrics of one of my favorite Ani DiFranco songs pop into my head: When …


Celebrating National Trails Day

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I talk a lot about the importance of parks and wild places, the beautiful scenery and interesting wildlife they contain, but this week I’m putting the spotlight on one of my favorite features of our open spaces: trails. My appreciation …


Measure AA will help fund enhancement projects like the newly opened Russian Ridge parking facility.

Measure AA will Enhance Protection of Redwood Forests

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Driving home from a redwood hike this afternoon, I stopped at the newly opened Russian Ridge parking facility on Alpine Road which offers access to Audrey’s Way, recognizing Audrey Rust, POST past-President (see picture). Lynn Jackson, district volunteer at Midpeninsula …


Students conduct scientific investigations of redwood trees as well as explore the forest in Little Basin.

How Best to Help Kids Learn About Nature?

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Environmental educators are always juggling what, how much and how long to teach students in nature. Do you let students explore and observe a forest on their own, or do you give them more structured activities? Do you introduce sophisticated …


Stories from Calaveras Big Trees

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I was at Calaveras Big Trees State Park over the weekend for an event celebrating the grand opening of the new visitor center and commemorating the 150th anniversary of California State Parks. I was there to speak at the event, …


Why I Support Measure AA

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Here’s why I will be knocking on doors for Measure AA this week, and why I think you should too! I live in Palo Alto. As Peninsula residents know, one of the best reasons to live here is the amazing …



You don't have to go far for great hikes and beautiful redwoods, like these in Purisima Creek Redwoods OSP. Photo by Julie Martin.

Magnificent Redwood Parks Close to Home

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It’s almost Memorial Day weekend, and if you’re like me, you’re looking forward to spending the long weekend outside. Like ninety-five percent of Californians, I live in an urban area, and a quiet escape to the redwoods — even for just …


On June 3, 2014, voters can vote “Yes” on Measure AA.

Help Preserve Open Space and Old-Growth Redwoods: Vote Yes on Measure AA

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On June 3, 2014, voters can vote “Yes” on Measure AA, a bond measure for the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (Midpen) that will provide funding to ensure our environment is protected for future generations. Measure AA will protect old-growth …