Forest protection

Black and white photo of a forest next to a dry creek, with hikers in the distance

War stories from the 1960s redwoods conservation movement

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Photographer and activist Dave Van de Mark helped to establish Redwood National Park by documenting the story of the forest. 50 years later, he is photographing the same places he helped to protect.

Aerial view of Mailliard Ranch

Mailliard Ranch

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Home to the largest coast redwood forest still in private family hands, Mailliard Ranch is a 14,838-acre undivided property near Boonville, California, in southern Mendocino. This expansive landscape features sweeping meadowlands, crystal-clear streams, and mountains and canyons blanketed by lush redwood forest, mixed-conifer groves, and oak woodlands.

Woman walking among redwoods at Cathedral Grove at Mailliard Ranch

What do we mean by ‘landscape-scale’ forest protection?

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Landscape-scale conservation aims to ensure that the interests of different stakeholders are met, instead of focusing on a single use of the land. This type of conservation supports communities, the economy, as well as the wildlife and natural resources of an area.

Wendy Millett

Wendy Millet: Her Conservation Roots Run Deep

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As a literature major at Harvard, Wendy Millet’s love of the natural world was deepened by reading Emerson, Muir and Thoreau. But Millet liked getting her hands dirty too, so during and after college, she worked on ranches in Montana and Wyoming.

Jared Huffman

Jared Huffman: A Redwoods Champion in Congress

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As both a California Assemblyman and now U.S. Representative, Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) earned a reputation as a stalwart champion of the environment, including the redwood forest.

John Laird

John Laird: Forest Protection a Top Priority for California Leader

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John Laird, California Secretary for Natural Resources, recalls when redwoods first became significant in his life. He grew up as the son of teachers in Vallejo, and his family would often visit his maternal grandparents in the North Bay.

Humboldt Redwoods State Park

Major Progress on Restoring Beloved Trail

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You may remember that work began in summer 2014 on this trail that winds through the magnificent Garden Club of America (GCA) Grove, after GCA clubs and their members across the nation raised over $400,000 for the project. This latest effort …