The California Adult Use of Marijuana Act, or Proposition 64, was passed by voters in 2016. The measure legalized recreational marijuana in the state and thus created the world’s largest legal pot economy. The law includes funding for the restoration of forested watersheds and eventual stewardship of public lands most adversely impacted by illegal marijuana cultivation.
Save the Redwoods League and California State Parks have collaborated to develop a new study unit focusing on the impacts and challenges facing giant sequoia. The innovative distance learning program, developed in honor of the League’s Centennial Year, will transport students around the world through virtual field trips to Calaveras Big Trees State Park, a nearly 6,500 acre preserve in the central Sierra that protects two spectacular groves of mighty old-growth giant sequoia.
On June 5, 2018, voters will have the opportunity to pass Prop 68, authorizing $4.1 billion in bond funding for parks, natural resource protection, climate adaptation, water quality and supply, and flood protection. If approved by voters in June, the measure would enable the League to continue protecting and stewarding our beautiful redwood forests.
Save the Redwoods League has expanded the Grove of Old Trees park to 48 acres by purchasing a neighboring 15-acre property and deeding it to LandPaths, the Grove’s owner and manager. Containing old-growth coast redwoods, oak woodland, grassland and a stretch of Coleman Valley Creek, this newly acquired property is a priority identified by the League’s Vibrant Forests Plan.
A walk among the hushed stands of 300-foot-tall ancient giants in Richardson Grove State Park is a sensory journey back in time. Many of the trees are more than 1,000 years old, and among the world’s tallest. To protect this jewel of a park from potential threats on a neighboring property called Twin Trees, Save the Redwoods League recently purchased a conservation easement from land owner Lost Coast Forestlands.
Nestled along the Sonoma County coast, the Stewarts Point Ranch property is blanketed with redwood and Douglas-fir forest, with a fringe of beautiful grasslands along its half-mile of coastline. Steelhead swim in the sparkling South Fork of the Gualala River, which runs the length of the eastern border.
Thousands of Save the Redwoods members like you pitched in to protect the Big River-Mendocino Old-Growth Redwoods from logging and development, allowing the League to purchase the property by the March deadline! Learn more.
This extraordinary tree was under Save the Redwoods’ protection in California’s Stanislaus National Forest until 2022, when this land was transferred to the Mother Lode Land Trust for long-term stewardship. Before then, rancher JW Martin Sr. protected the tree until donating it and the surrounding three acres in 1978 to The Nature Conservancy. The Nature Conservancy conveyed it and the surrounding buffering land to the League in 1987.
In 2011, you helped us buy Noyo River Redwoods, a magical ancient forest you can see only by the historic Skunk Train. Recently you came to the rescue again. Your gifts helped to repair acollapsed railroad tunnel that shut down the train’s famous Redwood Route last April. Full train service—from Willits to Northspur and from Fort Bragg to Northspur—has been restored.
You helped protect an important parcel of giant sequoia forestland that was recently transferred to the US Forest Service. Your support helped save this property from development, protecting a critical water source for wildlife and the forest, homes for animals and the amazing trees in the surrounding Giant Sequoia National Monument.