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This spectacular tree is among Red Hill Grove’s 110 ancient giant sequoia. Photo by Paolo Vescia

Red Hill: a Giant Win for Conservation

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Red Hill shelters 110 ancient giant sequoia, by most assessments, the largest, oldest and most magnificent trees in the surrounding area of Giant Sequoia National Monument.

Visitors in the 1920s stand among colossal giant sequoia in what is now Calaveras Big Trees State Park. Photographer unknown, circa 1920s, Save the Redwoods League photograph collection, BANC PIC 2006.030. The Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley.

Explore Our Interactive Timeline

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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.

The Future of Conservation in America— A Chart for Rough Water

Three Reviews

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The Future of Conservation in America, Big Tree Hikes of Sequoia Country, Tall Tall Tree

Pristine unnamed creeks run through Harold Richardson Redwoods Reserve.

3 Measures to Support Our Forests

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NEW PROPOSITION BOLSTERS LEAGUE PARKS AND CLIMATE CHANGE WORK California voters made history last summer by approving a funding measure to enable improvement of parks and provide more access to them, protect our water, fight climate change, and address the …

Josip Martinovic, Executive Chef at McCalls Catering & Events in San Francisco.

A Cool, Creamy Dessert Inspired by the Forest

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Josip Martinovic, Executive Chef at McCalls Catering & Events in San Francisco, shares his exquisite dessert featured at the Save the Redwoods League Centennial Celebration Gala. The lush forest of Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park inspired the chef’s creation.

Wendy Hayward and her husband Rich Wendling.

A Tribute to a Late Redwoods Champion

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Save the Redwoods League honors the late Wendy Hayward, a tireless advocate for the redwood forest. Hayward, 50, a member of the League’s Board of Directors since 2015, passed away in January 2018 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Your Redwoods Story: Share Why You Stand for the Redwoods

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Save the Redwoods League is turning 100 years old in 2018! We invite you to share why you stand for the redwoods, as well as your dreams for the forest’s next 100 years. Your contributions could appear in upcoming issues of this magazine. Here’s what a few of our Redwood Legacy Circle members have to say on the eve of our Centennial.

Old-growth redwoods endure beside logged stands in Redwood National and State Parks. Photo by Mike Shoys

Redwoods as Catalysts for Change

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Save the Redwoods League sat down recently with Jonathan Jarvis, former National Park Service Director, to discuss the redwood forest and its next 100 years, as well as his new book, The Future of Conservation in America—A Chart for Rough Water.

Pristine unnamed creeks run through Harold Richardson Redwoods Reserve.

Hidden Ancient Haven Saved

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Harold Richardson Redwoods Reserve will become the first ancient redwood park created in a generation. For decades, the privately owned reserve was a natural wonder containing 352 acres of old-growth redwoods unknown to the public.

Giants mascot Lou Seal and League President Sam Hodder together at Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Photo by Mike Kahn, Save the Redwoods League

Celebrating a Century of Success

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Dedicated supporters and new friends marked the League’s Centennial at these great events.

Candace Walker. Photo by Paolo Vescia

Community: Share Why You Stand for the Redwoods

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Save the Redwoods League is turning 100 years old in 2018! We invite you to share why you stand for the redwoods, as well as your dreams for the forest’s next 100 years. Your contributions could appear in upcoming issues of this magazine. Here’s what a few of our Redwood Legacy Circle members have to say on the eve of our Centennial.

Mariposa Grove's giants. Photo by Jenkinson2455, Flickr Creative Commons

Travel: Mariposa Grove to Reopen After Multiyear Restoration

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Yosemite National Park’s Mariposa Grove of Giant sequoias is expected to reopen this fall after a multiyear restoration. In addition to red giants standing higher than a 30-story building, visitors will find new, wheelchair-accessible trails and boardwalks, roads converted into hiking trails, and an interpretive display of a fallen ancient giant.

T. A. Barron. Photo by Aimee Giese

Supporter Profile: Redwoods Inspire Best-Selling Author

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T. A. Barron, a member of the Save the Redwoods League Council, is the best-selling author of over 30 novels, children’s books, and nonfiction nature books, including the Merlin Saga. He said the redwoods inspire him as an enduring symbol of conservation and are a recurring and central theme in his work.

By the end of 2019, a public trail will traverse the dramatic coastal terrace for almost a mile, providing visitors with a gorgeous view. An easement will grant the Kashia Band of Pomo Indians permanent access to hold ceremonies on the bluff, overlooking the creation place of their people. Photo by Mike Kahn

Wandering the Coastal Wonderland of Stewarts Point

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On the magnificent League-owned property called Stewarts Point, the spectacular Sonoma County Coast and the mighty redwood forests are iconic elements of California’s identity. And forever intertwined with these inspiring landscapes is the cultural richness of the Native American tribes that have lived for thousands of years along the coastal bluffs and forested waterways. Take a look at this treasured land.

A firefighter protects a park sign and supporting crews contain the fire within a narrow strip under an old growth canopy on the edge of the prairie.

Why is fire used to manage redwood forests?

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Fire is a natural part of the environment and benefits many forests. Prescribed fires have long been used to encourage growth of beneficial and native plant species and reduce the amount of combustible vegetation that could fuel catastrophic wildfires. Thousands of prescribed fires are carried out across the country every year, and they are integral to forest restoration and stewardship.

Emily Burns, PhD, League's former Director of Science, reaches for the captivating cream-colored needles of an albino sprout growing out of a redwood. “It lacks chlorophyll, so it’s white, and it’s caused by a mutation on that particular sprout’s DNA,” she said. Further genomic research could confirm hypotheses that albino sprouts are more than parasites. It’s clear that the deeper we go into the redwood genome, the more we’ll know. Photo by Paolo Vescia

Mapping the Redwood Genomes

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Save the Redwoods League is leading research to fully sequence the coast redwood and giant sequoia genomes — for the first time — utilizing conifer genetic sequencing techniques unavailable until now. By the end of this five-year project, the genome sequences and the screening tools developed will allow researchers to quickly assess genetic diversity in redwood forests to inform management plans that restore the health and resilience of these forests throughout their natural ranges as they face environmental stressors such as climate change.

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.

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.