Redwood Matters

We and our partners used controlled burning to reduce non-native vegetation on a League-protected property.

A Look Inside a Prescribed Fire

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Save the Redwoods just led a team of researchers and land stewards from all over California to learn about using prescribed fire (controlled burning) on private lands. Take a peek behind the scenes to see how we use fire as a tool to reduce hazardous buildups of combustible vegetation and improve the health of our forests across League properties and the redwood range.

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Help protect native redwood forest plants such as this slink pod. Photo by Paolo Vescia

Botany Bill Fosters Power of Science

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Your voice is needed to support the new Botany Bill (H.R. 1572), which promotes plant research, improves staffing of trained botanists on federal lands, grows the market for native plant materials, and supports federal programs to protect rare, endangered, and native plants such as those species found in our redwood forests. Botanical science research is an essential element in our fight against climate change.

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The animals of the redwood forests.

Which Forest Animal Is Like You? Take Our Quiz to Find Out

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Hello, this is Sunny the banana slug with a special invitation. Have you ever wondered what redwood forest animal is most like you? Take our new personality quiz and see. I promise, it will only take a moment, and it’s a nice way to break up this summer day. And who knows, you might even find out that I am your very kindred spirit!

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Our national monuments, including the pictured Giant Sequoia National Monument, are at risk. Photo by William Croft.

Our National Monuments Need Your Voice Today

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Congress needs to hear that you support a new bill to protect our national monuments—including Giant Sequoia National Monument—from actions that threaten their natural and cultural resources. The ANTIQUITIES Act of 2019 would reinforce existing laws that safeguard the status of our presidentially designated national monuments. The League needs your help to push for protection of our national monuments.

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Trilliums bloom in the redwoods in spring

From Whales to Wildflowers: 5 Spring Trips in the Redwoods

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Take a break from spring cleaning and go spring hiking. It’s getting warmer, and that means snowmelt is creating flowing waterfalls, wildflowers are blooming across California, and you can soak up some sun. While all the redwood parks deserve a visit, here are recommendations that can make your spring trips special. From whales to delicate flowers, there’s something for everyone this season.

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The League’s reaccreditation demonstrates sound finances, ethical conduct, responsible governance, and lasting land stewardship.

League Earns Reaccreditation

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As the glow fades from the 100 candles atop our Centennial birthday cake, there’s one more present we’ve yet to reveal—our renewed accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. Save the Redwoods League achieved accredited status, for a second time. This mark of distinction is the gold standard for land trusts.

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The Once and Future Forest: California's Iconic Redwoods limited edition book.

3 Authors to Present Special League Book

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Come and hear three authors and League President Sam Hodder discuss the majestic redwood forests they describe in the new book by Save the Redwoods. David Harris, Greg Sarris, and David Rains Wallace will participate in a panel about the book, The Once and Future Forest, which explores redwoods’ history and significance. The event is set for May 5, 2019, at the renowned Bay Area Book Festival in Berkeley.

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Follow the League on Facebook or Instagram for a chance to get our 2019 calendar.

Connect with Us on Facebook or Instagram

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You’re invited to join us on Facebook or Instagram to share your love of redwoods with our passionate online community. Like our Facebook fan page and/or follow us on Instagram, and you can keep up with the latest redwoods news, breathtaking photos, and spectacular videos.

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Mailliard Ranch. Photo by John Birchard

Urge the 116th Congress to Renew the LWCF Today!

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Now that the 116th Congress has taken office, your voice is needed. Urge your Member of Congress to support permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), America’s most useful and cost-effective conservation program. LWCF was allowed to expire last year, and so far the country has lost more than $230 million that should be used to protect redwood forests and other wildlands and make parks accessible.

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The Old-Growth Redwood Heritage Viewing Deck and Interpretive Exhibit includes a viewing platform that allows visitors to view the footprint of a redwood that was 18 feet wide. Photo by Fig & Olive Photography

New Oakland Exhibit Reveals History of Area’s Once-Ancient Forest

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Did you know the ancient coast redwoods that once stood in the San Francisco Bay Area’s East Bay were thought to have been some of the largest? Now you can learn about this history and see the footprint of a giant redwood that once stood in Roberts Regional Recreation Area. The League and East Bay Regional Park District recently unveiled a permanent exhibit.

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You can include a gift in your will to protect redwoods. Photo by Julie Martin

Write Your Will in Minutes, for Free

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This year, Save the Redwoods League wants to help you make a resolution you can keep (in 20 minutes or less, for free). Everybody needs a legal will, but too many people put it off year after year. Make your will today, and include a gift to the League to ensure the protection of our redwood forests for generations far in the future.

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The Once and Future Forest: California's Iconic Redwoods limited edition book.

The Story of The Ancient Ones

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Greg Sarris, the longtime chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria (Southern Pomo and Coast Miwok), recounts a tale about the origin of redwoods in The Ancient Ones. The work is part of a collection of essays in the new book, The Once and Future Forest: California’s Iconic Redwoods, published to commemorate the Centennial year of Save the Redwoods League and now available for purchase.

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Many Old Survivor screenings are scheduled in 2019. See the trailer.

More Screenings of Old Survivor

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If you missed the October premiere of Old Survivor, now’s your chance to see the new 22-minute documentary at screenings in California this year. The film highlights the last known remaining old-growth redwood in the East Bay hills, and tells the story of Oakland’s resilient, ecologically amazing, and now protected redwood forest. Staffers from Save the Redwoods League are featured.

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See a slideshow of the Centennial year’s greatest moments

A Look at the Successes You Made Possible

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As we reflect on 2018 — the Centennial year for Save the Redwoods League — we’re grateful for supporters like you. Among our many achievements, together we protected two of the three largest unprotected old-growth groves remaining, presented our Centennial Vision for Redwoods Conservation, and celebrated with more than 140,000 new friends and dedicated supporters at dozens of events throughout California. Thank you for making a difference.

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An ancient redwood in the Grove of Titans. Photo by Max Forster

Match Goal Reached: Giant Step for Grove of Titans

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Thanks to more than 3,000 passionate League members, Save the Redwoods reached a major milestone to protect the ancient coast redwood Grove of Titans in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. Our members donated over $500,000 by December 31, more than meeting the dollar-for-dollar match challenge by supporter Josie Merck. This means that over $1 million will go toward the $3.5 million goal to safeguard these majestic redwoods and provide safe visitor access.

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Three people hiking in the redwoods

Speak Up for LWCF, the Top US Conservation Fund

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America’s most useful and cost-effective conservation program was allowed to expire this September, and we need your help to keep it going! For more than 50 years, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has helped protect wildlife habitat, build parks and trails, and connect communities to the outdoors in every county across the country – without using a single taxpayer dollar.

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Thick bark enables giant sequoia to withstand lower-severity ground fires

Status of Our Forests During Wildfires, Urgency of Restoration

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As major wildfires burn throughout California, our thoughts are with the affected communities and dedicated firefighters. The area burned by California wildfires has grown in recent years, and in many cases, the fires have been burning hotter than ever. Kristen Shive, the League’s new Senior Scientist, explains how our forests are faring, and how the League’s restoration and forest management efforts can prevent negative consequences of severe wildfires.

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Join Lou Seal, the mascot for the San Francisco Giants, as he applauds redwoods, the other giants of the West Coast.

5+ New League Centennial Activities: SF Giants Game, Exhibits

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A major league baseball game, new sweepstakes, fascinating exhibits and special donor events are among the ways you’re invited to celebrate redwoods and the League’s Centennial this month and beyond. Two organizations that celebrate the giants of the West Coast are marking milestones together — Save the Redwoods League and the San Francisco Giants! Come and enjoy the League’s 100th anniversary and the SF Giants’ 60th anniversary in California on August 25.

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Enjoy Charles Krug Wine Club

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Save the Redwoods League is proud to partner with Charles Krug Winery, the exclusive wine sponsor for the Centennial Celebration Gala on October 13 and a Centennial Partner in 2018. To mark the League’s Centennial, the Winery invites League supporters to join the Redwood Wine Club featuring twice yearly shipments. The League thanks Charles Krug Winery and the Mondavi Family for their generous support of our Centennial Celebration Gala. Cheers!

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

June 25 Deadline to Save Red Hill Giant Sequoia

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Fewer than two weeks remain for Save the Redwoods League to purchase Red Hill, one of the two largest unprotected giant sequoia properties in the world. You can help us seize the rare chance to protect this forest, its critical habitat for many imperiled species, and its 110 majestic ancient giant sequoia. Please help us close the deal, and have your gift go twice as far to safeguard our remaining old-growth sequoia.

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