Redwoods Magazine

Redwood Creek Overlook

9 tips for planning your visit to Redwood National and State Parks

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Rangers offer vital info No one knows Redwood National and State Parks like the local rangers, who compiled these great tips for anyone visiting the area. Use the park app Park rangers created the National Park Service app that includes …

Fern Canyon

Secrets for the best visit to Fern Canyon

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Crowding at this magical spot means visitors should plan carefully Undoubtedly, if you’re planning a trip to Redwood National and State Parks you’ve put Fern Canyon in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park near the top of the list of sights …

Visit to Alder Creek, Redwood Hike Series 2021

Hike Series Welcomes Members Back to Forests

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Save the Redwoods League was pleased to welcome dozens of members of the Redwood Leadership Circle, Canopy Club, and Redwood Legacy Circle back into coast redwood and giant sequoia forests in 2021. Members protect our redwood forests for the future through their generosity today, and receive exclusive benefits, including invitations to events like these. Join us!

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How Redwood Forests Can Heal Us

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The trail at Reinhardt Regional Redwood Park in Oakland is scattered with the shed needles and threads of redwood bark that drift from the full canopy above. These groves sprouted from a recent traumatic past—the trees are the descendants of …

Podcast: I’ll Go If You Go

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Save the Redwoods League launched an outreach program in 2019 to cultivate meaningful and reciprocal relationships with communities that have historically been marginalized or underrepresented in the redwoods.

Yurok Tribe members fishing with netting.

Revitalizing a River Through the Redwoods

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The Klamath is the second largest river in California, flowing 257 miles through Oregon and Northern California and emptying into the Pacific Ocean. There, it bisects the Yurok Reservation and Redwood National and State Parks, a World Heritage site that …

dog on a trail wearing red and black plaid jacket.

Doggone Good Times

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Many California coast redwood and giant sequoia parks allow dogs for hiking, camping, picnicking, and frolicking on the beach, as detailed in our new free e-guide, 29 Awesome Dog-Friendly Redwood Parks. See how every dog can have her day at some of these enchanting parks.

Aerial view of Mailliard Ranch

30 by 30: The Future Is Forests

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With its legacy of environmental protection, California provides significant opportunities to advance 30 by 30.

Man standing next to a giant redwood tree

Mailliard Ranch: Nearly 15,000 Acres Protected

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Home to the largest coast redwood forest still in private family hands, Mailliard Ranch is a 14,838-acre property near Boonville, California, in southern Mendocino County. In February 2021, Save the Redwoods League permanently protected this landscape with three conservation easements, closing the final phase of the project.

Sean O'Gara's 'Redwood Cathedral', honorable mention in the 2013 Know Wonder Photo Contest.

Legacy gifts help create the Forever Forest

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  Among those Legacy Circle members whose gifts have contributed to the success of the Forever Forest Campaign are three special individuals who, through their commitment to conservation and philanthropy, have made a tremendous impact on the League’s mission to …

Coast redwoods grow naturally today only in a narrow 450-mile strip along the Pacific coast from central California to southern Oregon. Photo by Jon Parmentier

Growing Giants

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John Scharffenberger is a League Board of Directors member and Chair of Forever Forest: The Campaign for the Redwoods. He recently was honored with an award for his philanthropy.

Threatened and endangered wildlife in the redwoods

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As controversy erupted in recent months over the protected status of the northern spotted owl in the Pacific Northwest, it was another reminder that California’s coast redwood and giant sequoia forests play host to many threatened and endangered wildlife species. …

Narinda Heng

When I Think About Saving the Redwoods

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Though they have been part of this landscape for so long, I was surprised to come upon a redwood while walking in my new neighborhood a mile from Oakland Coliseum. I was too shy to press my back up against …

Suzanne Moss in Alder Creek

Creating a fire-ready future for redwoods

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Although the losses of last year’s fire season were unprecedented, they were also the latest in a series of high-fire years fueled by misguided forest management, climate change, and drought. And it is now clear that coast redwood and giant …

Second-growth coast redwoods regenerating after fire.

A time of regrowth and renewal

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The theme for this edition of Redwoods is Renewal. We dive into the 30 by 30 movement to protect 30% of Earth by 2030. Forest and human well-being can progress in tandem.

Burls protrude from a coast redwood

What is a burl?

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We’ve all seen them—those enormous growths on the trunks or bases of coast redwood trees, sometimes covered in new sprouts, sometimes appearing to drip down the side of the tree like the molten remnants of a lost limb. These strange formations are collectively known as burls.

Save the Redwoods and outdoors advocates from underrepresented communities visit the League’s Harold Richardson Redwoods Reserve. Photo by Wondercamp

Hope and healing amid ongoing crises

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In this edition, we strive to depict a more holistic story of redwoods culture—one in which we all stand together to protect and restore these forests to which we are connected.

A Latina woman who is a student leader for Latino Outdoors holding a pinecone and smiling

New Voices Reveal the Forest

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Molina is a Latino Outdoors outings leader, and with warmth and enthusiasm, she introduces video viewers to the forest’s history and wonders in her favorite park, which she always visits whenever she needs to feel grounded. Molina’s tour is among three Explore the Redwoods videos produced by Latino Outdoors and Save the Redwoods League to offer virtual trips to the coast redwoods and giant sequoia. The joint project advances the League’s mission to connect people of all backgrounds and identities to redwood forests.

A white woman with red hair and bangs and an Indian man walk their large dog in Joaquin Miller, holding hands and smiling.

Redwoods Near You

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With many focusing on staycations this year, check out a few ideas for day trips. While parks are open again around California, many travelers are putting off big trips until the pandemic blows over. Thankfully for most Californians, redwoods are closer than you might think, and an inspiring day trip is well within reach.

Photo by Jack Dykinga

Indigenous Perspectives Are Crucial for Conservation

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After many years protecting Tribal lands and waters, and a lifetime in close relation with nature, why isn’t it easier for me to convey these concepts and perceptions? A deep tension persists between the things my heart knows and the fluency required for sharing them.