Redwood Matters

Researchers measure redwoods in experiments that are part of our effort to protect forests during rapid climate change. Photo by Anthony Ambrose

Redwoods and Climate Change Update

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Today, redwoods stand at a new crossroads of environmental change where rapid climatic changes and other factors threaten them in ways they have not experienced before in their long history on Earth. Our Redwoods and Climate Change Initiative research project will help us understand redwoods’ vulnerabilities to climatic changes so we can protect these forests in the future. Now Initiative scientists are studying 450 redwood saplings.

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Big Tree‰Û in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.

New Blog Offers ‘Giant Thoughts’ on Our Work

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Check out the new Save the Redwoods League blog, Giant Thoughts, a place for personal insights into our organization and our work. Here you’ll find viewpoints from our leaders and special guest bloggers. Please join the conversation by posting your stories and comments. Be sure to share this blog with your friends and family!

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Emily Limm found that western sword fern absorbed the most moisture from fog. Photo by Emily Burns

Symposium Showcases Redwoods Research

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Your support helps Save the Redwoods League study redwood forests and their surrounding land and waterways to understand how to best protect these resources. Research also helps us learn what the forest’s survival means to the health of people and our planet. Now you can read details of the League-sponsored science symposium, The Coast Redwood Forests in a Changing California. Highlights include the keynote speech on conservation by Ruskin K. Hartley, former Executive Director of Save the Redwoods League, and a paper on how plants absorb fog by Emily Burns, former Director of Science.

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You can send this photo as an ecard to your dad. Photo by Julie Martin

Remember Dad: Free Father’s Day ecards; take him on a hike

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Remember your dad on Father’s Day June 17 by sending him a free redwoods ecard! Take him to the forest using our enhanced Redwoods Finder interactive map, complete with suggested itineraries that include nearby restaurants and other attractions.

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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.

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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.

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Our recent purchase of land helps protect the surrounding Giant Sequoia National Monument (pictured), home of some of the Earth's largest trees.

You, Emergency Fund Are There at Crucial Times

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It’s why Save the Redwoods League exists – giant redwoods, centuries old, up for sale by private owners. A developer or timber company has put in a bid for the property. We must be prepared to respond quickly with funding in place. Help make sure we are always ready by donating to our Emergency Projects Campaign.

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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:

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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.

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Buffering Calaveras’ Giant Sequoias

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We thinned and restored dense forest to reduce fire risk and prepared the Beaver Creek property for transfer to Calaveras Big Trees State Park. The League also installed fencing to mark the new park boundary. This property will buffer Calaveras’ amazing giant sequoias.

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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.

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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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Join us October 16th, to help create the next generation of redwood parks and reserves!

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