If anyone knows the value of parks to community health and individual well-being, it’s Sharol Nelson-Embry, the Supervising Naturalist at the East Bay Regional Parks Crab Cove Visitors Center. She has worked at the visitor center for 24 years, bearing daily witness to the profound and positive impacts the district’s spectacular public lands exert on visitors from the Bay Area, the state and beyond.
After becoming enthralled by the League’s nearly 100-year history, David Weinberg volunteered daily for nearly a year, reviewing and selecting for our digital archive files on more than 800 groves dedicated by League members. David remains highly involved as a League Councilor and Redwood Legacy Circle member.
I can think of no wilder adventure than spending a week exploring the Yosemite backcountry with three teenage boys. With my oldest son heading into his final year of high school, I decided to go all out this summer in search of a truly epic, life-changing, never-to-forget experience that my sons and I could share.
Since about 92% of the redwood forest is second and third growth, restoration will be a key strategy. Restoring young forest so that it can become old growth once again is essential for the future of conservation. Restoration at San Vicente Redwoods started recently with a volunteer day. Twelve volunteers from the Oracle Corporation spent the morning pulling invasive weeds amongst the redwoods in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Peggy Light joined Save the Redwoods League as a donor, and now serves on the Board of Directors (she’s helping to double your gifts in the matching gift challenge!). Peggy is continuing the family tradition of League involvement that began with her grandfather Arthur Connick, who 97 years ago helped to found the League.
You’re closer to discovering our remote Shady Dell forest, home of the candelabra-shaped redwoods. Construction of the 2.3-mile trail began on June 15, 2015!
Thanks to more than 6,200 gifts from League members like you, Big River-Mendocino Old-Growth Redwoods is now protected from logging and development! Now we need your help to restore and open this magical place to the public.
This Valentine’s Day, Saturday, February 14, we want you to know that you make protecting and restoring redwood forests possible. You can share your love of the forest by sending your loved ones beautiful redwoods ecards. With these unique gifts, you will honor your valentines and help us safeguard these amazing places.
Your generous gifts enabled Save the Redwoods League to purchase Shady Dell and plan its restoration. Now we’re working to open its wonders to you. But first Shady Dell needs work. Logging in the 1800s, 1950s and 1980s damaged this landscape. Before logging, this land embraced giant redwoods, clear streams and diverse, native plants and animals, including now-imperiled salmon, northern spotted owls and birds called marbled murrelets. These animals depend on ancient forest habitat. Our vision is to help restore the forest features they need.
Your generous gifts make it possible for youths to experience the wonder of redwoods, enriching their lives and their health, and fostering the conservationists of tomorrow. Your new League Summer Bulletin shows how our new programs are helping to counter the trend of Americans’ detachment from nature.
In March 2014, a research team sponsored by Save the Redwoods League and the Evelyn Tilden Mohrhardt Fund at The San Francisco Foundation became the first scientists to climb the ancient trees at Muir Woods National Monument and survey life in the canopy. Learn more about this historic climb and its results.