Redwoods Magazine

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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Help Protect Atkins Place

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Save the Redwoods League is raising $1.3 million to protect 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.

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.

Syren Nagakyrie

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.

Jorge Ramos, League Councilor

Bringing redwoods science into everyday conversations

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Jorge Ramos, a new Councilor for Save the Redwoods League, aims to expand young people’s understanding of carbon cycling and sequestration in ecosystems. “I look forward to working with the members of the League so we can all continue to protect and restore these forests through authentic and inclusive connections with the public.”

Technicians studying burned sequoia trees

5 League leaders share views on their teams’ groundbreaking work

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Forever Forest: The Campaign for the Redwoods is making this ambitious vision a reality. With a goal of $120 million, the Campaign has already helped to protect the last of the unprotected old-growth coast redwood and giant sequoia forests

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Re-emergence and hope

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The theme for this edition of Redwoods is Returning. We were hopeful that by now we’d be returning to some form of normalcy. We knew that would likely be a new normal, with the challenges we faced embedded in our hearts.

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5 amazing places to stay in Redwood National and State Parks

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Campgrounds and cabins in the land of giants Campgrounds and cabins in the land of giants There really isn’t anything quite like camping among the tall trees, and Redwood National and State Parks offer great experiences for those wanting to …