Montgomery Woods Trailhead Upgrades Done

Photo by Peter Buranzon
Photo by Peter Buranzon

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.

Before the improvements, visitors bounced through potholes in the reserve’s dirt lot, damaging tree roots by parking on top of them. Now, new barriers in the lot prevent damage to tree roots. By regrading the parking lot, we reduced the flow of sediment that could degrade salmon habitat in the Big River.

This work was made possible by our members’ contributions to Montgomery Woods campaigns in 2005 and 2007.

Future improvements at the reserve, west of Ukiah, will include custom interpretive exhibits and consolidation of the grove trails to better protect the ancient redwoods.

With members’ support, the League has grown the reserve from a 9-acre donation in 1943 to more than 2,300 acres today.

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New Book Profiles League Scientist Van Pelt


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.

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


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.