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Charles Clarke visits Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park with Sharon Rabichow, League Major and Planned Gifts Associate, to dedicate the Ella S. Clarke Memorial Grove in 2009.

Charles Clarke: First Redwoods Visit After 39 Years of Support

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Generous gifts from longtime League members are vital for our work to protect redwood forests. Charles Clarke, 82, of Sykesville, Maryland, is an example of our extraordinary members. He visited the San Francisco area in 1969 with Ella, his wife, …

Steve Prokop, Superintendent, Redwood National Park

Steve Prokop: Guardian of a Park that Belongs to the World

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Before his appointment in 2013 as Superintendent of Redwood National Park, Steve Prokop supervised Kalaupapa National Historical Park in Hawaii. Most people would consider the two parks greatly dissimilar. Kalaupapa, located on the island of Molokai, is tropical. Its essential …

Justin Faggioli is Save the Redwoods League Board of Directors Secretary.

Justin Faggioli: Developing Strategies for a Leafy Future

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After college earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Earth sciences at Stanford University, Justin Faggioli spent three years working as a geologist, primarily on projects in Alaska. His job took him to some of the most remote areas of the state, most of the time in a helicopter. In addition to the geologic work, Justin was able to enjoy the beautiful flora, amazing fauna and spectacular scenery.

John and Cyndi Wollams

John Woollam: Champion of American Landscapes

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A research physicist by training, Save the Redwoods League member John Woollam has made his mark as both an educator and entrepreneur. Woollam is the recipient of the American Physical Society’s Industrial Applications of Physics Prize, and a National Research Council Fellow. But physics aren’t Woollam’s sole passion; he is an ardent conservationist with a far-ranging ambit. He has supported large preservation and restoration projects in the Caribbean, and worked with numerous different land trusts in the Midwest.

John Montague and his daughter.

John Montague: Finder of the Tallest Trees and a Dedicated Supporter

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When redwoods enthusiast John Montague first volunteered at Save the Redwoods League, he began by assisting with chores at the office. He’s so dedicated to the forest that soon after he volunteered out in the field, mapping, taking measurements, and identifying notable trees under the League’s direction.

Allyson Carroll: Decoding History Hidden in Redwoods

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Dendrochronologist Allyson Carroll has decoded centuries of history hidden in giant sequoias and coast redwoods, thanks to the League’s research grants program and our members’ support.

Debbie Woollett: Putting a Dog’s Nose to Work for the Forest

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One of biologist Debbie Woollett’s star colleagues has four legs. Wicket is a Labrador mix for Working Dogs for Conservation, an organization that Woollett co-founded to apply dogs’ abilities to conservation projects. Wicket can recognize the scents of 26 species and has “alerted” on moon bears in China, elephants in Southeast Asia, invasive snails in Hawaii, and grizzly bears and black bears in North America.

League Councillor Blake Williams shares his enthusiasm for the redwoods with his child. Photo by Paolo Vescia

Blake Williams: Love for Forest Stems from Father’s Work

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Blake Williams inherited his love of the forest from his father, a research entomologist and forester and the first African American in the United States to earn the trifecta of a BA, Masters, and PhD in that research area. “Growing up in Berkeley with that family background, I’ve always been interested in natural resources and forests,” said Williams.

Peter Comanor, right.

Peter Comanor: An Investment to Protect ‘A Beautiful Earth’

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For botanist and plant ecologist Peter Comanor, the redwood forest is about receiving and giving. He first saw a redwood tree in an exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. It was, he recalled, an interesting and informative display, but it didn’t prepare him for his first visit to the redwood forest.

Peter Frazier at the San Vicente Redwoods property.

Peter B. Frazier: Making Wise Decisions in Changing Times

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Peter B. Frazier, Save the Redwoods League Board of Directors Treasurer, comes from entrepreneurial pioneer stock. When his great grandfather was only 19 years old, he headed from Boston Harbor around Cape Horn to then-tiny town of San Francisco. Like thousands of people from around the world, he made the long journey to look for gold.

Cotoni Coast Dairies

Conservation Groups Applaud California Coastal National Monument Expansion Act

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San Francisco and Monterey Bay Area community leaders and conservation groups praise legislation introduced today by U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer along with Senator Diane Feinstein to bring national monument designation to Cotoni-Coast Dairies in Santa Cruz County and five other federally-owned lands along the California coast.

Cotoni Coast Dairies

Community Leaders and Conservation Groups Applaud Senator Boxer’s California Coastal National Monument Expansion Act

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Los Altos, Calif. August 5, 2015 – San Francisco and Monterey Bay Area community leaders and conservation groups praise legislation introduced today by U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer along with Senator Diane Feinstein to bring national monument designation to Cotoni-Coast Dairies in Santa Cruz County and five other federally-owned lands along the California coast.

Boxer’s legislation, the California Coastal National Monument Expansion Act, would permanently protect the ecological, cultural and scenic resources at six different sites totaling 6,200 acres throughout the state, while ensuring that current and future generations will be able to access and enjoy these nationally significant conservation lands in ways that are compatible with resource preservation and restoration goals.

Ben Blom

Ben Blom: From Urban Kid to Forest Steward

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Ben Blom, Manager of the US Bureau of Land Management’s Headwaters Forest Reserve, gave little early indication that he was destined for a career in forest preservation. “I was an urban kid,” says Blom. “I grew up in Boston, and …

LandPaths' In Our Own Backyard program serves 900 students each year.

Bree Arthur, LandPaths: Getting to Know Nearby Nature

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Sixth-graders trundle off buses and into a sun-speckled redwood forest. It’s terra incognita for most of them. But they are in good hands with educators from LandPaths, a Sonoma County organization supported by Save the Redwoods League education grants program …

Mia Monroe, Site Supervisor at Muir Woods National Monument, has long collaborated with the League to share redwoods with the forest's 1.5 million annual visitors. Photo by Paolo Vescia

Mia Monroe: League, Partner Introduce Wonder of Redwoods to Masses

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Long before Mia Monroe began working as a ranger at Muir Woods National Monument 30 years ago, her family tree intertwined with the Save the Redwoods League. In 1945, the League hosted an international group of delegates tasked with creating …

What We’re Learning from the Redwoods

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When we take a close look at what makes redwoods survive and thrive, the trees have remarkable stories to tell. That’s what researchers discovered thanks to three studies supported by research grants from Save the Redwoods League over the past …

Gordy Stephens

Gordy Stephens: Decommissioning the Roads He Built

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You can’t train people to do what Gordy Stephens does. Or rather, you can train them – provided you can spare more than 20 years for the teaching process and your trainees demonstrate an aptitude for heavy equipment that borders …

Rosemary Cameron

Rosemary Cameron: A Proponent of People-Power for Parks

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Rosemary Cameron has a deep affection for local, county and regional parks. She spent most of her career helping them thrive. Retired from the East Bay Regional Park District in 2010, Cameron is now on the Board of Directors of Save the …