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Charred giant sequoia were killed in the 2017 Pier Fire

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Home of some of the tallest and most extraordinary trees in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Portola Redwoods State Park provides visitors with a much-needed escape from life in nearby Silicon Valley.

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Sequoia National Park

Redwood Genome Project

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The Redwood Genome Project is a five-year effort that will sequence the coast redwood and giant sequoia genomes and develop tools to assess genetic diversity.

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Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. Photo by Miguel Vieira, Flickr Creative Commons

Experiences of a Lifetime

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No matter what you like to do outside, an unforgettable experience awaits you in California’s redwood parks, including the four parks described here. Nothing compares to standing in the cathedral-like groves, next to trees whose beauty, age, and size are almost beyond belief. It’s no wonder Lonely Planet named the redwood forests the nation’s top destination in 2018.

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The League and the parks are removing trees to open up growing space for the remaining trees

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Home of some of the tallest and most extraordinary trees in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Portola Redwoods State Park provides visitors with a much-needed escape from life in nearby Silicon Valley.

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Butano State Park. Photo by Julie Martin

Save the Redwoods League Launches Genome Project

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University of California, Davis, John Hopkins University and Save the Redwoods League today announced an ambitious plan to fully sequence the coast redwood and giant sequoia genomes — for the first time — utilizing conifer genetic sequencing techniques unavailable until now.

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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 Continued

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Arcata High School students measure tree height using a clinometer. Your League support enabled them and others to explore forest stewardship careers. Photo by The Forest Foundation

The Forest Foundation: Motivating Future Forest Stewards

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Redwoods are Humboldt County’s greatest treasure. They also happen to be an awesome teaching tool. Yet many of the area’s young people know little about redwoods and forest stewardship careers. Thanks to your support, which enabled Save the Redwoods League to provide an education grant to our partner, The Forest Foundation, the next generation of forest caretakers is taking root.

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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.

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Jim Larson, past President of the League's Board of Directors, made his mark with his talent for helping groups work together. Photo by Paolo Vescia

Jim Larson: A Master of Settling Differences

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An early job working for the timber industry helped prepare James Larson for his job as 2012-13 President of the Save the Redwoods League Board of Directors. Larson went to high school in Fort Bragg, a lumber mill town on Continued

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 Continued

Louisa Morris, Director of the Trails and Conservation Program, Mendocino Land Trust (MLT). Photo by Paolo Vescia

Louisa Morris: Shaping Visitors’ Experiences in Nature

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The joy Louisa takes in stewardship shines through as she speaks about her work. She loves giving back to the Earth and restoring land damaged by human activity. As the leader of the California Coastal Trail Program for MLT, her Continued

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 Continued

Neal Youngblood - Geologist at Redwood National Park.

Neal Youngblood: Restoring Landscapes One Road at a Time

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If anything is lacking in Neal Youngblood’s life, it isn’t a professional challenge. As a geologist for Redwood National Park, Youngblood supervises logging road retirement. In terms of restoration of the region’s essential natural systems, there is no job that Continued

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