Press Releases

Last Chance Grade overlooking highway

As Last Chance Grade Crumbles, Caltrans Considers Two Solutions

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In Northern California, the famed coastal Highway 101 winds through some of the world’s last ancient coast redwood forest. For decades, a 3.5-mile section of the highway between Eureka and Crescent City, known as Last Chance Grade, has been plagued by landslides and frequent closures, with no viable alternate routes for the local community, commerce or tourism. The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has been working with local stakeholders for 10 years on a solution. Tragically, their final two roadway alternatives will have substantial impacts on nearby old-growth redwood forest.

Georgia McIntosh, newly appointed Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at Save the Redwoods League.

Save the Redwoods League Names Georgia McIntosh as Chief Marketing and Communications Officer

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Save the Redwoods League announced today that Georgia McIntosh has been named Chief Marketing and Communications Officer. In this key leadership role, McIntosh will oversee organization-wide strategic communications and marketing programs to support the mission, strategic direction and brand positioning of the only nonprofit land trust working across the entire coast redwood and giant sequoia ranges.

A ranger standing in front of the new Rancho del Oso Welcome Center - a blue and brown building with interpretive signage in front.

California State Parks, Save the Redwoods League and Waddell Creek Association Open New Rancho del Oso Welcome Center at Big Basin Redwoods State Park

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A gateway to the western coastal side of Big Basin Redwoods State Park, the new welcome center facility and adjacent public campground will greet visitors to California’s oldest state park and largest expanse of old-growth coast redwoods south of San Francisco. The park has had limited access since the 2020 CZU Lightning Complex Fires.

Sara Clark, Save the Redwoods League Chair of the Board of Directors

Save the Redwoods League Elects Sara Clark as Chair of the Board of Directors

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Save the Redwoods League today announced that its Board of Directors has elected Sara Clark to serve as chair. The Board also elected Rosemary Cameron and Abe Tarapani to serve as vice chairs, John Montague as secretary and Mike Wyatt as treasurer. The newly elected officers are vastly experienced in land conservation, tribal law, parks and public engagement, scientific research and philanthropy. They will advance conservation strategies that protect, restore and connect people with California’s coast redwood and giant sequoia forests.

A man in an olive uniform and rangers hat stands in woody debris in a forested area.

Redwoods Rising Marks First Five Years of Healing an Iconic Landscape

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Save the Redwoods League, and the National Park Service today announced the restoration of 3,200 acres of young, previously clear-cut redwood forest in the first five years of Redwoods Rising. The unique public-private collaborative effort with a long-term goal of restoring thousands of acres in Redwood National and State Parks (RNSP) has reforested more than 25 miles of former commercial logging roads, restored more than 3 miles of streams, and created more than 100 restoration and conservation jobs.

A man wearing an orange construction helmet, red vest, plaid work shirt, blue jeans, boots, and gloves carrying a side satchel with tree seedlings is planting one in the ground in a burn area.

San Vicente Redwoods Conservation Partners Provide Progress Report on Wildfire Resilience Restoration Three Years After CZU Wildfire, Amid Continued Risk

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Leaders gathered to review their joint progress in advancing restoration of the property that burned completely in the 2020 wildfires. Their work has aimed both to restore the health of a forest that was heavily logged at the beginning of the 20th century, as well as to build wildfire resilience back into the regional landscape.

Shot from above looking down on Todd Dawson, Ph. D., rappelling from a redwood tree

Save the Redwoods League Grants More than $160,000 for New Scientific Research in the Coast Redwood and Giant Sequoia Ranges

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The League is thrilled to once again offer starter grants to underrepresented graduate and undergraduate students to nurture a diversity of perspectives in redwoods research. We have selected nine interesting and well-designed projects that will increase knowledge of the effects of climate change and fire on forest communities and allow us to better understand the interactions of life within redwood forests.