Redwood Matters

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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High School Volunteers Improve Big Sur Park Trails

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Trails in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park were improved this month, thanks to our members and a $28,600 grant from Save the Redwoods League. The grant enabled high school student volunteers (pictured) to repair the fire-damaged Oak Grove Trail and more in this redwood park

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Member Appreciation Day: July 16, Henry Cowell Redwoods

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Save the Redwoods League members are invited to join League staff and volunteers for a cookout, music, kids’ activities and guided hikes on Saturday, July 16, 2011, at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park (pictured).

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League Certified as Green Business

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Save the Redwoods League is honored to be one of only 10 nonprofits certified by the strict San Francisco Green Business Program, which helps San Francisco businesses operate in an environmentally responsible manner and recognizes them for their efforts. Certification means City and County of San Francisco auditors have verified that a business complies with stringent environmental standards to reduce waste, prevent pollution and conserve resources.

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New Facts, Search, Photos in Redwood Regions Maps

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Check out the new features of our interactive maps of the redwood regions that will help you plan your trips and learn more about the forests. You’ll find hundreds of forest facts, Flickr photos on the maps, search by location, directions by transit and events integrated into the parks profiles.

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Transfer Helps Protect Some of Earth’s Tallest 10 Trees

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The Tall Trees Grove (pictured) in Redwood National Park gained more protection after Save the Redwoods League recently facilitated the donation of a 120-acre buffer property from private landowners to the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

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Experts Share Latest on Redwoods, Climate Change

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The weight of salamanders in the redwood ecosystem is greater than that of all other vertebrates collectively because there are so many of the amphibians! Predicted drier forest conditions may threaten amphibian species, said David Wake, Professor of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. Wake and other scientists discussed the impact of climate change on redwood ecosystems at a recent Save the Redwoods League-sponsored symposium.

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Our First Redwood Educator of the Year

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Conrad Benedicto (pictured), Executive Director of Wilderness Arts and Literacy Collaborative (WALC), is the first recipient of the Save the Redwoods League Redwood Educator of the Year award. WALC helps underserved San Francisco high school students learn about redwoods through an integrated curriculum and extended field trips to redwood parks.

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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

Land Cleanup Protects Endangered Condors

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Cleanup of a remote property that Save the Redwoods League purchased has protected endangered California condors, thanks to our members. A helicopter recently removed 24 loads of refuse, each weighing up to 4,000 pounds, from the property acquired in 2010 for addition to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

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In FY 2010: 6,000 acres protected, 15,000 plantings

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You, our members, can be proud of all Save the Redwoods League has achieved in fiscal year 2010 thanks to your generosity: The League protected almost 6,000 acres of redwood forest and supporting landscapes and accelerated restoration of logged forests, planting more than 15,000 trees and removing 3 miles of logging roads.

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Montgomery Woods Trailhead Upgrades Done

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A reserve harboring some of the world’s tallest trees is easier to find and enjoy, thanks to our members. In November 2010, Save the Redwoods League and California State Parks finished the first $340,000 phase of improvements at Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve (pictured), including new signage, improved parking facilities, new accessible restrooms and picnic tables under the giant trees. The work resulted from an extensive environmental design and review process to make the reserve more accessible while reducing impacts to the trees, creek and the forest landscape.

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New Book Profiles League Scientist Van Pelt

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Robert Van Pelt, PhD, a scientist who’s part of the League’s Redwoods and Climate Change Initiative, is profiled in the new book, Keepers of the Trees: A Guide to Re-Greening North America. The book includes profiles of 13 other North Americans whose lives have been shaped by the forests they are fighting to preserve. Author Ann Linnea offers a captivating look at Van Pelt as a Renaissance man: a big tree hunter, scientist and exquisite artist.

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Trails Improved at Portola Redwoods State Park

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Trails in Portola Redwoods State Park were cleared and widened this summer, thanks to our members and a grant from Save the Redwoods League. The $30,000 grant enabled six high school student volunteers and two leaders to clear fallen trees (pictured), widen a trail for people with disabilities, remove poison oak, rebuild a fence and install a retaining wall. The grant supported the crew from the Student Conservation Association, which fosters career development in land conservation and resource management.

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New Book Features League Leader’s Essay

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Get a discount on a new book featuring an essay by Ruskin Hartley, Executive Director of Save the Redwoods League. Hope Beneath Our Feet, Restoring Our Place in the Natural World, is a collection of essays that answer the question, “In a time of environmental crisis, how can we live right now?” The 304-page book was edited by Martin Keogh.

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Show You Support Redwoods: Buy League Gear

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Now you can show you support redwoods by purchasing high-quality, Save the Redwoods League-branded items from our new online store. Check out our stainless steel water bottle, eco-friendly jute tote bag and khaki League hat. All products bear our logo, and net proceeds support the work of the League.

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Father’s Day Gifts, Some Free!

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Celebrate Father’s Day (June 20) by sending your loved ones free Save the Redwoods League e-cards, having a seedling planted or dedicating a redwood tree or grove in their honor. Take them on a hike in the redwoods!

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See New Redwoods Video

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View the new video A Giant Legacy: Our Redwood Parks, narrated and produced by TV journalist Doug McConnell. A Sausalito, California, resident and former host of the Bay Area Backroads TV series, McConnell unveiled the video when he hosted the Save the Redwoods League annual spring lecture last month. The video highlights California state parks and the League’s role in building them. Enjoy!

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40 Acres of Redwoods Purchased in Big Sur

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Thanks to our generous members, Save the Redwoods League on April 15, 2010, bought a never-harvested 40-acre redwood property in a steep canyon surrounded by Los Padres National Forest.

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