Atkins Place

A black and white historical photograph of Laura Perrott Mahan, a white woman with dark, curly hair in a dark victorian-era dress

A family tree takes root in conservation

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A pioneering organizer inspires her descendants to protect redwood forests. More than 100 years ago, Eureka’s Laura Perrott Mahan helped galvanize the movement to protect old-growth redwoods in danger of being clear-cut. In recent months, dozens of Mahan descendants and friends continued her legacy by supporting Save the Redwoods’ work to protect coast redwoods — raising funds to help the League purchase Atkins Place in Mendocino County.

woman walking in the forest

Atkins Place and its million-dollar view

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Save the Redwoods League began negotiations in 2020 to acquire a property called Atkins Place, which shares a 0.75-mile border with Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve in Mendocino County. Since then, I’ve made the journey from Ukiah (the largest city …