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Photo of Robert Van Pelt by Peter Buranzon
Photo of Robert Van Pelt by Peter Buranzon

Robert Van Pelt, PhD, a scientist who’s part of the League’s Redwoods and Climate Change Initiative, is profiled in the new book, Keepers of the Trees: A Guide to Re-Greening North America. The book includes profiles of 13 other North Americans whose lives have been shaped by the forests they are fighting to preserve. Author Ann Linnea offers a captivating look at Van Pelt as a Renaissance man: a big tree hunter, scientist and exquisite artist. Buy the book.

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Trails Improved at Portola Redwoods State Park

Trails in Portola Redwoods State Park were cleared and widened this summer, thanks to our members and a grant from Save the Redwoods League. The $30,000 grant enabled six high school student volunteers and two leaders to clear fallen trees (pictured), widen a trail for people with disabilities, remove poison oak, rebuild a fence and install a retaining wall. The grant supported the crew from the Student Conservation Association, which fosters career development in land conservation and resource management. Learn more about the 2012 research grant projects.

Montgomery Woods Trailhead Upgrades Done

A reserve harboring some of the world’s tallest trees is easier to find and enjoy, thanks to our members. In November 2010, Save the Redwoods League and California State Parks finished the first $340,000 phase of improvements at Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve (pictured), including new signage, improved parking facilities, new accessible restrooms and picnic tables under the giant trees. The work resulted from an extensive environmental design and review process to make the reserve more accessible while reducing impacts to the trees, creek and the forest landscape. Learn more about the trailhead upgrades.