Autumn-Winter 2018

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. Photo by Miguel Vieira, Flickr Creative Commons

Experiences of a Lifetime


No matter what you like to do outside, an unforgettable experience awaits you in California’s redwood parks, including the four parks described here. Nothing compares to standing in the cathedral-like groves, next to trees whose beauty, age, and size are almost beyond belief. It’s no wonder Lonely Planet named the redwood forests the nation’s top destination in 2018.

The League and the parks are removing trees to open up growing space for the remaining trees

Ask an Expert:


Home of some of the tallest and most extraordinary trees in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Portola Redwoods State Park provides visitors with a much-needed escape from life in nearby Silicon Valley.

Fritz Wonder Plot. Photo by Andrew Slack

The Race to Restore


We can bring back the redwood forests that store more carbon than any other forest type on Earth— places that epitomize resilience when we need it most—and raise the spirits of all who explore these cathedrals of nature.

This spectacular tree is among Red Hill Grove’s 110 ancient giant sequoia. Photo by Paolo Vescia

Red Hill: a Giant Win for Conservation


Red Hill shelters 110 ancient giant sequoia, by most assessments, the largest, oldest and most magnificent trees in the surrounding area of Giant Sequoia National Monument.

The Future of Conservation in America— A Chart for Rough Water

Three Reviews


The Future of Conservation in America, Big Tree Hikes of Sequoia Country, Tall Tall Tree

Pristine unnamed creeks run through Harold Richardson Redwoods Reserve.

3 Measures to Support Our Forests


NEW PROPOSITION BOLSTERS LEAGUE PARKS AND CLIMATE CHANGE WORK California voters made history last summer by approving a funding measure to enable improvement of parks and provide more access to them, protect our water, fight climate change, and address the …

Josip Martinovic, Executive Chef at McCalls Catering & Events in San Francisco.

A Cool, Creamy Dessert Inspired by the Forest


Josip Martinovic, Executive Chef at McCalls Catering & Events in San Francisco, shares his exquisite dessert featured at the Save the Redwoods League Centennial Celebration Gala. The lush forest of Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park inspired the chef’s creation.

Wendy Hayward and her husband Rich Wendling.

A Tribute to a Late Redwoods Champion


Save the Redwoods League honors the late Wendy Hayward, a tireless advocate for the redwood forest. Hayward, 50, a member of the League’s Board of Directors since 2015, passed away in January 2018 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Your Redwoods Story: Share Why You Stand for the Redwoods


Save the Redwoods League is turning 100 years old in 2018! We invite you to share why you stand for the redwoods, as well as your dreams for the forest’s next 100 years. Your contributions could appear in upcoming issues of this magazine. Here’s what a few of our Redwood Legacy Circle members have to say on the eve of our Centennial.

Old-growth redwoods endure beside logged stands in Redwood National and State Parks. Photo by Mike Shoys

Redwoods as Catalysts for Change


Save the Redwoods League sat down recently with Jonathan Jarvis, former National Park Service Director, to discuss the redwood forest and its next 100 years, as well as his new book, The Future of Conservation in America—A Chart for Rough Water.

Pristine unnamed creeks run through Harold Richardson Redwoods Reserve.

Hidden Ancient Haven Saved


Harold Richardson Redwoods Reserve will become the first ancient redwood park created in a generation. For decades, the privately owned reserve was a natural wonder containing 352 acres of old-growth redwoods unknown to the public.

Giants mascot Lou Seal and League President Sam Hodder together at Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Photo by Mike Kahn, Save the Redwoods League

Celebrating a Century of Success


Dedicated supporters and new friends marked the League’s Centennial at these great events.