Redwood Matters

Shown before it fell last winter, the famous giant sequoia in Calaveras Big Trees State Park was called the Pioneer Cabin Tree after private owners cut it to make it resemble a cabin. Photo by B Christopher, Alamy Stock Photo

Fallen Icons Underscore Need to Grow Giants of the Future

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Last winter’s intense wind and rain brought down giants throughout the redwood range, including the Pioneer Cabin Tree, an iconic “drive- through sequoia” in Calaveras Big Trees State Park. Seeing any of these towering giants fall is sad because we have so few left. But under the surface of the sadness lies a brighter, long-term scientific view.

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Redwood forest covers the rolling landscape of Mailliard Ranch. Protecting the ranch will safeguard these precious forests, abundant plant and animal habitat, as well as clean air and water. Photo by John Birchard.

Milestones for Mailliard: League Set to Secure Most of Vast Ranch

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Thanks to our generous donors, California voters and the State of California Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB), Save the Redwoods League is set to complete the first phase of our Mailliard Ranch project, which protects three-quarters of this majestic property from development and subdivision. Protection of the ranch will secure the stability of the regional forest ecosystem.

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The League worked on a 1990 settlement that banned commercial logging in what is now Giant Sequoia National Monument. William Croft, League Board of Directors Member, took this photo in 1989 as he mapped the groves’ boundaries.

Thank You for Supporting Giant Sequoia National Monument

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Save the Redwoods League thanks our community for responding to our call for public comments on what Giant Sequoia National Monument means to them. Comments from League supporters were counted among a record-breaking 2.8 million after the Trump administration ordered a review of certain national monuments.

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The League’s recent transfer of the Berry Glen Trail Connection property to Redwood National Park provides a significant portion of the limited habitat used by herds of Roosevelt elks, which draw thousands of tourists and photographers each year. Photo by Paolo Vescia

Two Steps Support Crucial Wildlife Habitat in the Home of the World’s Tallest Trees

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In California’s northwestern corner lies the Prairie Creek Scenic Corridor, a patchwork of public and privately held lands surrounded by Redwood National and State Parks, home of the world’s tallest trees. The League and collaborators have been working toward a vision of protecting the corridor from development, reconnecting the parks’ ancient redwood groves, restoring prime wildlife habitat and creating an innovative visitor center.

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Youth participants in event at Sequoia National Park for Latino Conservation Week 2017. Photo by Martin Martinez

Trip Introduces Youths to Joy of Redwood Forest

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Marking Latino Conservation Week, League President Sam Hodder writes about the joy he feels in sharing the spectacular redwood forest with everyone, including communities who have less opportunity to visit the outdoors. This year, a League-sponsored excursion introduced 20 young adults from the Los Angeles area to the magnificent Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park, home to five of the world’s largest trees.

Learn more about why trips like these are so important.

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Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. Photo by Tom Burke, Flickr Creative Commons

Swim Under the Redwoods

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Hiking and swimming go together like a hot meal and a cool drink — one is invigorating, the other is refreshing. Together, they make a wonderful combo. So, where are some great places to swim under the redwoods? We’ve gathered five great recommendations for you. Dive right in!

Read more on our Giant Thoughts blog.

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The Toumey Trail in Richardson Grove State Park crosses a corner of the Twin Trees forest. Photo by Mike Shoys

Visit Recently Protected Forest

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A walk among the hushed stands of 300-foot-tall ancient giants in Richardson Grove State Park is a sensory journey back in time. Many of the trees are more than 1,000 years old, and among the world’s tallest. Save the Redwoods League recently protected Twin Trees forest, which buffers this jewel of a park. The Toumey Trail will lead you through magical Richardson Grove and Twin Trees.

Plan Your Trip.

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Speak Up for Giant Sequoia National Monument

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The Trump administration is seeking the public’s comments on Giant Sequoia National Monument and 26 other monuments, while threatening to roll back hard-won protections for these unique and spectacular places. The League is joining a coalition led by Conservation Lands Foundation to speak up for these American treasures. We have until July 10, 2017 to express how we value these public lands.

Share your comments today on MonumentsForAll.org.

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Donors Enjoy Forest Events in SF Bay Area

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Kat Taylor, right, welcomed guests including Neil Kornze, former Director of the Bureau of Land Management, to her TomKat Ranch in Pescadero.



The Alver family gathered in Butano State Park recently for the dedication of the Betsy and Larry Alver Family Grove to honor their love of the redwoods. Learn more about dedicating a redwood grove.



Members of the Redwood Legacy Circle and Redwood Leadership Circle hiked in Samuel P. Taylor State Park with our forestry scientists. Learn more about how you can participate in events like this by joining these circles.

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Bill holds a seedling at the Mill Creek nursery in Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park. Photo by Mark Bult

League Honors a Scientist and Leader

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Dr. William J. Libby, a forest geneticist and a longtime volunteer leader for Save the Redwoods League, reflects on the highlights of his career and League service as he transitions to the role of Honorary Councilor. A cherished memory of his League tenure, among many, is traveling to a remote part of China to retrace the footsteps of the first Westerner to see a live dawn redwood.

Read more about Libby’s journey and hopes for the redwoods’ future.

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Permanent Protection for Dramatic Forest

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About a 2½-hour drive north of San Francisco, the League’s magnificent 870-acre Stewarts Point property has taken another step forward on its conservation and restoration journey. New agreements permanently protect the redwood forest, coast and a stretch of the South Fork Gualala River. Agreements will also grant an indigenous tribe permanent access to the seaside bluffs for ceremonies and ensure a public trail will open in 2019.

Learn More: See two videos, photos, a map and the complete story.

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Transformation You Made Possible in 2016

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Although we’re working on our major projects of 2017, it’s important to reflect on the big victories we shared last year. Our 2016 Annual Report is now available online. With its inspiring theme “Transformation in Motion,” it is a rich, beautifully designed celebration of the incredible work we’ve accomplished together last year.

Read More: You can read the full PDF report online.

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35,000 Visitors Join Us for Green Friday

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More than 35,000 people ventured into 116 state parks throughout California for Green Friday the day after Thanksgiving, an event hosted by Save the Redwoods League, California State Parks, and California State Parks Foundation. The event raised awareness of the state park system and promoted enjoyment and appreciation of California’s beautiful state parks.

See photos and what participants had to say

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Orick Mill

Drone’s-Eye View of the Orick Mill Site

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When you drive north on Highway 101, just past the small town of Orick, you will begin to marvel at the giant redwoods of Redwood National and State Parks. There is no sign letting you know you have arrived; you just slowly become shaded by the great canopies towering above you.

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League donors’ gifts forever protect Westfall Ranch’s beautiful forest and meadows, which buffer Headwaters Forest Reserve, home of an ancient redwood forest. Photo by Mike Shoys

Westfall Ranch SAVED!

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Westfall Ranch is now permanently protected! More than 3,100 members of Save the Redwoods League supported the purchase of these 77 acres bordering Headwaters Forest Reserve to restore and connect more people to this magnificent part of the coast redwood range.

Learn more about Westfall Ranch!

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Student Perspectives: Why Big Places Need Small People

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I think it would be safe to assume that most everyone can enjoy a peaceful walk in the woods. Whether you are 8, 18 or 80, no one can deny the staggering beauty of giant trunks rising into a canopy of green. Mount Tamalpais State Park is one of these unique places, home to breathtaking redwood groves. It towers above the bay just north of San Francisco in Marin County. Unfortunately, places like Mount Tam aren’t always accessible to people and families of lower income and limited resources. So what can we do to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to experience this place?

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