Redwoods Magazine

Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve

Montgomery Woods Initiative

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Together, these projects — the Montgomery Woods Initiative — are representative of the League’s big vision of landscape-scale forest protection and restoration and inspirational redwood park experiences for all.

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Protected: Atkins Place

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Save the Redwoods League protected Atkins Place, a critical redwood habitat corridor bordering Montgomery Woods within the Big River watershed. Atkins Place features 335 acres of mixed coast redwood and Douglas-fir forest and 1.25 miles of high-quality streams for imperiled fish in the salmon family. Well-stewarded second-growth forests like Atkins Place, where the trees range in age from about 50 to 90 years, are key puzzle pieces that can help bolster the health of old-growth groves, watersheds, and entire landscapes.

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Programs reduce densities of birds preying on threatened marbled murrelets

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Research funded by Save the Redwoods League suggests that programs designed to help reduce jay populations in areas where marbled murrelets nest, including old-growth coast redwood forests, will give these threatened seabirds a better chance at successful reproduction.

A Disabled Hiker’s Guide to the Redwoods

15 great redwood parks for people with disabilities

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Trails at Muir Woods National Monument are accessible to wheelchair users. With towering trees and fresh, oxygen-rich air, redwood forests have the power to inspire and enhance the well-being of all people. That’s why it’s so important to strive for …

A woman stands in a forest looking up at the trees.

Two historic projects

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We celebrate the success of the Forever Forest Campaign and historic projects on the Lost Coast that restored Indigenous guardianship to Tcih-Léh-Dûñ and protected the spectacular Lost Coast Redwoods.

A black and white historical photograph of Laura Perrott Mahan, a white woman with dark, curly hair in a dark victorian-era dress

A family tree takes root in conservation

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A pioneering organizer inspires her descendants to protect redwood forests. More than 100 years ago, Eureka’s Laura Perrott Mahan helped galvanize the movement to protect old-growth redwoods in danger of being clear-cut. In recent months, dozens of Mahan descendants and friends continued her legacy by supporting Save the Redwoods’ work to protect coast redwoods — raising funds to help the League purchase Atkins Place in Mendocino County.

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Time to spy a rare bird in the sky

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Next time you visit Redwood National and State Parks, you may see magnificent creatures that have been absent from this area for more than a century: California condors. The Yurok Tribe and Redwood National Park released the first two young …

A woman stands next to a giant sequoia tree among burned giant sequoia, with the sun shining.

Giant sequoias’ declining wildfire resilience

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For millennia, one of the defining characteristics of giant sequoias has been their innate resilience to wildfire. But in the last several years, severe fires in the Sierra Nevada have revealed an unprecedented vulnerability in the groves. League staffers’ publication in a scientific journal is the first to document this new phenomenon.

Two men walking into a coast redwood forest

Thank you to our Forever Forest supporters for changing the redwoods’ fate

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The ambitious Forever Forest campaign — now concluded — will fund key initiatives to lay the foundation for a new era of redwoods conservation. Even in the face of an unexpected global pandemic, unprecedented wildfires and climate change impacts, and some of the most divisive social and political times in America’s history, we as a community drew strength, inspiration, and resilience from the redwoods we all love.

A redwood forest in Mendocinio County, California.

Returning Tc’ih-Léh-Dûñ

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The League restored Indigenous guardianship to old-growth redwoods on Sinkyone lands. With their complex understandings of the land, based on traditional knowledge and lifeways within which redwood and other ecosystems flourished for millennia, California tribes are natural leaders and partners in land protection and conservation.

A creek pooled with a fallen trunk in a redwood forest

Protecting Tc’ih-Léh-Dûñ

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To ensure lasting protection and ongoing stewardship, the League donated and transferred the forest to the Sinkyone Council, and the Council granted the League a conservation easement. Through this partnership, the Sinkyone Council returns Indigenous presence to a land from which Sinkyone people were forcibly removed generations ago.

Black and white photo of a forest next to a dry creek, with hikers in the distance

War stories from the 1960s redwoods conservation movement

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Photographer and activist Dave Van de Mark helped to establish Redwood National Park by documenting the story of the forest. 50 years later, he is photographing the same places he helped to protect, in a stunning reflection on 50 years of transformation in the forest.

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Goodbye asphalt, hello nature

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By breaking ground, partners are writing a new chapter for a former Orick redwood mill site at the confluence of Prairie Creek and Redwood Creek. For decades the mill site has remained as a scar on the landscape, a reminder of that misguided past. Now that’s changing. The League has begun restoring the site and constructing a southern visitor gateway to Redwood National and State Parks.

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Lost Coast Redwoods protected

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Five miles of the California coast and thousands of acres of redwood forest are protected forever. Save the Redwoods League acquired the land in December 2021. Now known as Lost Coast Redwoods, it is the largest privately owned California coastline in the coast redwood range.

Humboldt County fourth grader measures a coast redwood in Humboldt Redwoods State Park Photo by Max Forster, @maxforsterphotography

Students blossom by learning outside

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As the pandemic destabilizes funding for outdoor programs nationwide, the League’s free K-12 field trips to the redwoods nourish bodies and minds. Curriculum units combine classroom exercises, outdoor activities on schools’ campuses, and field trips, while lessons integrate math, science, and art.

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Governor signs critical wildfire bills

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As fires burned in 2021, many of these bills were delivered to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk for his signature. He signed two bills that the League supported.

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Let’s Make Redwoods Reachable

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Everyone has access needs, whether they are disabled or not. Lack of accessible infrastructure, limited information, and a culture of exclusion in the outdoors prevents so many people from connecting with natural spaces – places that they may find they have more in common with than they thought.