Redwood Matters

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Visit Forest, Stay Informed Via Our New Website

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The new SaveTheRedwoods.org makes it easier to visit the forest and follow the latest protection work that you make possible. You’ll also see large forest photos and more of them, a fun facts page, and videos and stories about people like you.

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Researchers of the Save the Redwoods League Redwoods and Climate Change Initiative study redwoods to determine how climate change will affect their future. Photo by Stephen C. Sillett

Wells Fargo Supports Our Redwoods Research

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Stephanie Rico feels fortunate to live among the redwoods in the San Francisco Bay Area. One of her favorite things is standing in a circle of redwood trees at a nearby park with her son. “I look up and feel humbled,” said the Wells Fargo Vice President of Environmental Affairs. Troubled by how climate change will affect our lives, Rico wants to motivate more people to work toward solutions. Learn more about Wells Fargo’s support of the redwoods.

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Photo by Dan Porter

Stream Restoration Protects Giants of Jed Smith

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Unless we take care of the land and waterways around Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, the amazing 2,000 year-old giants at Stout Grove and other parts of the park will suffer. The streams running through the Mill Creek property just south of the park should nurture Stout Grove and imperiled salmon, but they’ve been damaged by 100 years of logging. See how Save the Redwoods League and California State Parks are restoring Mill Creek’s waterways.

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Our recent purchase of land off the Avenue of the Giants protects the view near the ancient redwoods around Pepperwood (pictured). Photo by Howard King

Purchase Preserves Humboldt Redwoods SP Scenery

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In Humboldt Redwoods State Park near the town of Pepperwood is a swath of ancient redwoods so dense that it seems impenetrable (pictured). Abundant fog nurtures the lush ferns and sorrel that cover the ground. The Eel River runs turquoise nearby. Save the Redwoods League has been protecting this park’s forest piece by piece since 1921, safeguarding an area that today is the size of four Manhattan islands.

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With your support, we are restoring the former logging site, Mill Creek. This forest has a lot of problems such as crumbling roads, which could cause catastrophic landslides that harm threatened salmon. Photo by Evan Johnson

Mill Creek Restoration Protects Amazing Ancients

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It can be a long, winding even stressful drive to Stout Grove in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park at the northernmost tip of California. But it only takes moments to be completely at peace here. Step into this cathedral-like stand, and you’ll gaze upon immense redwood columns rising to a canopy that filters the sunlight. A thick carpet of needles and ferns traps every sound, creating remarkable silence. This magical space will suffer unless we take care of the land and waterways around this park. Learn how you can help.

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The Enchanted Forest is part of the Shady Dell property. Photo by Paolo Vescia

Shady Dell: Matching Gift Goal Reached, Your Help Still Needed!

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Because of your donations, Save the Redwoods League last month raised the funds to get a $300,000 matching gift that will help protect and restore Shady Dell, home of the magical redwood Enchanted Forest (pictured) and a mile of the remote Lost Coast. Thank you for your generosity! We still need your help to fund the purchase, restoration and stewardship of this property! Donate today. Your gift will make a difference. See how close we are to our overall fundraising goal.

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You’ve Supported Amazing Forests in 2011

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You, our members, can be proud of all Save the Redwoods League has achieved in fiscal year 2011 thanks to your generosity: Read about how you helped protect towering ancient giants facing imminent harvest along the Noyo River (pictured). Learn how 100 of you planted seedings in memory of a conservation hero. And see how our Education Program inspired children across the nation to write to President Obama.

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Have You Renewed Your Membership?

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With our members’ generous support, Save the Redwoods League achieved many successes in 2011, including purchase of the ancient Noyo River Redwoods and one of the last pieces of privately held land in Redwood National Park. You are at the heart of that success. Please renew your League membership or join today. You’ll enjoy the immense satisfaction of knowing that you’re helping to safeguard the redwoods, a world treasure. Thank you.

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Event Honors Naturalist, History of Big Sur Parcel

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A celebration this month commemorated the late naturalist Jeff Norman (pictured) and his commitment to protecting Big Sur. His property was safeguarded when it was sold to Save the Redwoods League. The celebration featured the unveiling of a new plaque marking the history of 20 acres that we recently purchased and restored in 2010, thanks to our members. The ridgetop property, bordered by Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Los Padres National Forest, is upslope from old-growth redwood forest.

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Member Appreciation Day Draws 170+

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More than 170 Save the Redwoods League members enjoyed a cookout, music, kids’ activities and guided hikes on our July 16 Member Appreciation Day at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park.

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High School Volunteers Improve Big Sur Park Trails

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Trails in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park were improved this month, thanks to our members and a $28,600 grant from Save the Redwoods League. The grant enabled high school student volunteers (pictured) to repair the fire-damaged Oak Grove Trail and more in this redwood park

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Member Appreciation Day: July 16, Henry Cowell Redwoods

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Save the Redwoods League members are invited to join League staff and volunteers for a cookout, music, kids’ activities and guided hikes on Saturday, July 16, 2011, at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park (pictured).

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League Certified as Green Business

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Save the Redwoods League is honored to be one of only 10 nonprofits certified by the strict San Francisco Green Business Program, which helps San Francisco businesses operate in an environmentally responsible manner and recognizes them for their efforts. Certification means City and County of San Francisco auditors have verified that a business complies with stringent environmental standards to reduce waste, prevent pollution and conserve resources.

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Vote in Photo Contest Starting July 21

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Help choose the winners of the Know Wonder (c) Online Photo Contest, and get a chance to win a Save the Redwoods League gift set (pictured) each week of voting, from July 21 through August 12! The gift set includes a jute tote bag, hat, stainless steel water bottle, audio tour of the Avenue of the Giants, greeting card set, bookmarks, pen and pencil. Visit SaveTheRedwoods.org/contest_vote starting July 21.

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Photo Contest Deadline Extended to July 5

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Save the Redwoods League invites you to feel the awe that giant redwoods inspire, and capture the experience with your camera. From the smallest critters on the forest floor to the lofty tree canopy, take photos for a chance to win prizes. Get your chance to win private tours of Redwood National Park, Big Sur redwoods or tickets to ride the Skunk Train through the towering forest! Learn more about our Know Wonder (c) Online Photo Contest.

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New Facts, Search, Photos in Redwood Regions Maps

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Check out the new features of our interactive maps of the redwood regions that will help you plan your trips and learn more about the forests. You’ll find hundreds of forest facts, Flickr photos on the maps, search by location, directions by transit and events integrated into the parks profiles.

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