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100 Years…100 New Supporters

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2018 marks a century of our work to protect and restore coast redwoods and giant sequoia. To celebrate a century of this important work, one of our board members, Peggy Light, has offered to give $100 for each of the first 100 Evergreen members. Give just $10 per month today!

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Selam Jaser and her son Zachary learn about the plants and animals of the redwood forests in our new interactive booth. Photo by Paolo Vescia

Festival Reveals Redwoods’ Secrets, Superpowers and Wonder

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Save the Redwoods League infused San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza with the redwood forests’ magnificence at the April 21 Earth Day festival themed “Stand for the Redwoods, Stand for The Future.” Read on to discover the forests’ secrets in highlights of our interactive talks with the League’s staff.

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Celebrate the redwoods this Earth Day! Photo by Ken Susman

7 Ways to Get Involved with the League on Earth Day

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Earth Day is on April 22, and with it, a worldwide celebration in honor of our planet’s natural wonders. Here are seven ways to celebrate our remarkable redwood forests on Earth Day, join in on the League’s 100th birthday festivities and honor these majestic giants during the Year of the Redwoods!

See the seven ways to celebrate our remarkable redwood forests on Earth Day and join in on the League’s 100th birthday festivities.

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Relictual old-growth coast redwood forest groves stand today as islands in a harvested landscape at Redwood National and State Parks. Photo credit: Mike Shoys

A Bright Future for Redwoods

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We proudly announced a bold commitment to invest in the health of logged redwood landscapes, so that the cutover forests can heal from the damage of the past and redwood giants can rise once again. In a collaborative called Redwoods Rising, Save the Redwoods League has teamed up with California State Parks and the National Park Service to do more redwood restoration together than we could individually within Redwood National and State Parks.

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Reading the Redwoods contest. Photo by Annie Burke

Fostering A Sense of Wonder with Reading the Redwoods

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Reading the Redwoods, a free online contest for kids in grades K-5 throughout the U.S., embodies the spirit of Rachel Carson’s A Sense of Wonder and delivers it in thoroughly modern ways. Through this contest, Save the Redwoods League is bringing the redwoods to more children, regardless of where they live, and connecting families to forests and nature through reading and stories.

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Donate your car to help save redwoods. Photo by Nicolas Boullosa, Flickr Creative Commons

How and Why You Should Donate Your Vehicle to the League

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To help protect the marvelous redwood forests, there are many ways to give. But did you know that we accept car donations? Through CARS, our trusted partner, anyone can easily donate a vehicle. It doesn’t matter whether your vehicle — be it a car, truck, van, boat or motorcycle — is in good shape or not. Proceeds will go towards supporting our urgent work to protect and restore redwoods.

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Can You Play Forest ‘Match’-Maker?

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In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’re thinking about the iconic redwood forest duos—those essential relationships between the trees, the environment, and the creatures who make the redwood forests their home. Can you guess any of these amazing duos?

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15-acre addition to the Grove of Old Trees park

The Grove of Old Trees is Growing

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The Grove of Old Trees is a 33-acre “island” of ancient redwoods surrounded by vineyards and homes in Sonoma County. And, with the help of Save the Redwoods League and LandPaths, this protected island just got 50 percent larger.

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Your donation can help support the League’s general purposes, our Redwood Land Fund, or one of our priority projects.

IRAs: Amazing Year End Giving Opportunity

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In 2015, Congress voted to reinstate the IRA Charitable Rollover and it is now a permanent part of the tax code! This legislation allows you to make tax-free charitable gifts from your IRA without claiming any increased income. And, your gift may count towards your minimum distribution requirement.

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A glimpse of a mountain lion caught by wildlife cameras on the San Vicente property.

A Mountain Lion’s Perspective: Humans are Terrifying

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A few years ago, Justine Smith, a researcher with the Santa Cruz Puma Project, observed an interesting pattern; in human-populated areas, mountain lions killed more prey but spent less time feeding. Researchers weren’t sure why, but they suspected it had to do with lions’ fear of people.

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Mariposa Grove. Photo by jenkinson2455, Flickr Creative Commons

Happy Birthday Mariposa Grove!

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Today marks the 153rd birthday of the spectacular giant sequoia grove in Yosemite National Park, Mariposa Grove. The protection of Mariposa helped inspire a movement of conservation at a time when sequoia were being cut, leading to the protection of the biggest trees in the world.

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Redwoods and Wildflowers along the Cape Viz Coastline

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Cape Vizcaino, along the Mendocino coast, is named after Spanish explorer Sebastian Vizcaíno, who is known for mapping much of the area. This spring, while the wildflowers were in bloom, we surveyed the area with the California Native Plant Society to map the plants along the coastline.

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Photo by Andrew Slack

Notes from the North: Crossing the Bridge

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Bob grinned as he confirmed to us that in fact, we would be crossing the bridge. “Weren’t you warned? It’s the only way across. Move slow, stay on the left, and you’ll be fine.” After Bob climbed onto the first plank, his dogs jumped past him and trotted fearlessly across the bridge. We followed and separated ourselves to ease the stress on the old cables and limit any swaying. The milky-emerald water of the Mattole River rushed below, overflowing from recent storms.

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Black bear caught on wildlife camera at Orick Mill site.

Wildlife Wonders: Caught On Camera

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Hoping to catch a glimpse of the various wild animals living on and passing through the Orick Mill Site, Save the Redwoods League set up multiple wildlife cameras – and we found some incredible species on the property.

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Fire-suppressed sequoia grove – note the large fire scar on the giant sequoia on the right.

Managing for Fire

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Through thoughtful stewardship practices, the ways we seek to emulate aspects of the natural state of the forest can also work in conjunction with how we manage forestland into the future.

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Panorama of a prescribed fire at Boyes Prairie in Prairie Creek Redwood State Park. The three panels show immediately before, during, and after the fire.

Prescribed Fire and Coast Redwood Prairies

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During a brief burn window in October, crews from California State Parks and the National Park Service diligently worked to restore the natural process of fire to various ecosystems in over 2,800 acres of Redwood National and State Parks.

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Laura Lalemand and Lenya Quinn-Davidson on the fire line.

Lighting Up a New Path

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I had just arrived at the first ever Women-in-Fire Prescribed Fire Training Exchange (WTREX), and I was one of about 30 participants from around the world who would spend the next ten days learning about, sharing experiences in, and working on controlled burning, with a focus on supporting women in fire management positions.

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