Redwood Matters

Humboldt Marten.

Your Support Nets Discoveries about Forest

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Did you know that redwoods are not only highly resistant to fire but are nearly indestructible? Just one year after devastating fires, redwoods that had been scorched were already covered with the green fuzz of new foliage. Are you aware that installing rest boxes (like birdhouses) on trees can help save members of the weasel family known as martens? These agile creatures are redwood forest dwellers that have nearly vanished. Learn more interesting facts by reading seven new articles about research funded by your gifts.

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Calaveras Big Trees State Park. Photo by Julie Martin

You Bring New Wonder to Calaveras Visitors

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As the story goes, in 1852 a hunter wounded a grizzly and chased it into a forest, only to find trees that were three times bigger than any he’d ever seen before. The hunter spread the word about the red-barked giants. Today, Calaveras Big Trees State Park (pictured) still surprises visitors with its spectacular giant sequoias. Soon your support will make the park even more interesting. Your gifts are helping create a museum exhibit hall, improve access to the North Grove hiking trail, where visitors enjoy the giant trees, and more. See what else is coming.

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The Four Corners property is covered with redwoods.

Your Help Secures Historic Forest

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Just a few hours north of San Francisco in northern Mendocino County lies a special place for redwoods, wildlife and American Indians. Known as Four Corners, this 164-acre parcel is covered with beautiful redwoods and offers a home to threatened wildlife. For more than a thousand years, this land has been the meeting place for native and non-native local residents. With your gifts, Save the Redwoods League has protected and donated the property to descendants of the land’s original inhabitants. Learn about our unique agreement.

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Photo by Greg Hayes

Your Gifts Help Inspire Future Stewards

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Michele Luna shared a story about an inspiring moment with a child who participated in her organization’s redwood education program (pictured), thanks to your support of Save the Redwoods League. The anecdote is from Luna’s colleague: The student hiked and completed activities in Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve Area. “Then the student said, ‘Thank you for letting me come to your park!’ I said, ‘This is your park! You can come here with your family and friends.'” Learn about the priceless next moment.

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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. It’s all in our 2011 annual report.

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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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Jeff Norman

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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