Pivotal Moments in the History of the League and Redwood Forests
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. We almost lost these forests after the Gold Rush and the explosive demand for timber. Save the Redwoods League, founded 100 years ago in 1918, brought the forests back from the brink of extinction by buying and protecting ancient groves for future generations to experience.
Now, as we start our second century, the League is embarking on a Centennial Vision that will double the size of the protected redwood forests and restore the landscape to put young forests on the path to becoming magnificent old-growth stands.
Here is a look at key events in the League’s journey and the history of redwood forests.