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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. Visit our Sweepstakes to sign up for a chance to win our exclusive 2019 redwoods calendar.

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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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Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. Photo by Miguel Vieira, Flickr Creative Commons

Experiences of a Lifetime

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No matter what you like to do outside, an unforgettable experience awaits you in California’s redwood parks, including the four parks described here. Nothing compares to standing in the cathedral-like groves, next to trees whose beauty, age, and size are almost beyond belief. It’s no wonder Lonely Planet named the redwood forests the nation’s top destination in 2018.

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The League and the parks are removing trees to open up growing space for the remaining trees

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Home of some of the tallest and most extraordinary trees in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Portola Redwoods State Park provides visitors with a much-needed escape from life in nearby Silicon Valley.

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Fritz Wonder Plot. Photo by Andrew Slack

The Race to Restore

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We can bring back the redwood forests that store more carbon than any other forest type on Earth— places that epitomize resilience when we need it most—and raise the spirits of all who explore these cathedrals of nature.

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

Red Hill: a Giant Win for Conservation

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Red Hill shelters 110 ancient giant sequoia, by most assessments, the largest, oldest and most magnificent trees in the surrounding area of Giant Sequoia National Monument.

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Visitors in the 1920s stand among colossal giant sequoia in what is now Calaveras Big Trees State Park. Photographer unknown, circa 1920s, Save the Redwoods League photograph collection, BANC PIC 2006.030. The Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley.

Explore Our Interactive Timeline

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The redwood forests are among the most important natural treasures in the world, home to biodiversity found nowhere else, able to slow climate change, and embodying rare beauty and balance that have been millions of years in the making.

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The Future of Conservation in America— A Chart for Rough Water

Three Reviews

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The Future of Conservation in America, Big Tree Hikes of Sequoia Country, Tall Tall Tree

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