A letter from Save the Redwoods League president and CEO Sam Hodder in the Resilient Future Edition of Redwoods magazine, published Winter 2022.
It was six months into the pandemic—a bizarre time that seemed out of a sci-fi movie. Like real life, the trails have their ups and downs (literally!). The redwood forests were our sanctuary. Walking among the giants at Henry Cowell, Mount Tamalpais, and Humboldt Redwoods state parks gave us perspective and humility.
Save the Redwoods League has been so honored to have a relationship with Dr. James. As a member of our Redwood Legacy Circle, he decided last June that rather than leave a gift for the League in his estate, he would pay it forward now to meet the moment in these extraordinary times. We are incredibly grateful for his generous gift to the League.
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. California condors were nearly extinct by the 1980s. Thanks to a monumental conservation effort and successful captive breeding program, there are now wild populations in Central and Southern California, Arizona, and Baja Mexico.