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It’s Go Time for Redwoods Rising

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In the far reaches of the North Coast of California, young redwoods await their moment to become ancient giants. Save the Redwoods League has been dedicated to protecting land in what is now Redwood National and State Parks since the early 1920s. We’ve protected and transferred to the parks more than 140 properties, encompassing more than 55,000 acres.

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Sam Hodder with one of the giant sequoia at Alder Creek.

We Have to Save This Place

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And now, we can announce the pending acquisition of the largest unprotected sequoia grove. Alder Creek is located near Camp Nelson off Highway 190, and is surrounded by the Giant Sequoia National Monument. It’s no exaggeration to call Alder Creek a crown jewel of the giant sequoia. In both size and conservation value, it is comparable to the famous Mariposa Grove, Yosemite National Park’s iconic giant sequoia stand.

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Pristine unnamed creeks run through Harold Richardson Redwoods Reserve.

Hidden Gem to Become Future Redwood Park

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Nestled in the wooded hills just a few miles inland from the Sonoma coast lies an oasis of towering old-growth coast redwoods. It is a humbling, inspiring, and spectacularly beautiful place. This pristine 730-acre forest, as large as San Francisco Bay’s Angel Island, is the Harold Richardson Redwoods Reserve.

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This spectacular tree is among Red Hill Grove’s 110 ancient giant sequoia. Photo by Paolo Vescia

The Countdown is On to Save Red Hill

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The League has negotiated a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to purchase and protect the pristine 160-acre Red Hill property – one of the last ancient giant sequoia forests still in private ownership. However, we must complete this deal by June 25!

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Red Hill

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This forest was one of the world’s last unprotected giant sequoia properties. Red Hill is a spectacular property on the South Fork of the Tule River that supports more than 100 ancient giant sequoia and a mixed coniferous forest teeming with wildlife.

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15-acre addition to the Grove of Old Trees park

The Grove of Old Trees is Growing

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The Grove of Old Trees is a 33-acre “island” of ancient redwoods surrounded by vineyards and homes in Sonoma County. And, with the help of Save the Redwoods League and LandPaths, this protected island just got 50 percent larger.

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15-acre addition to the Grove of Old Trees park

The Grove of Old Trees

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Save the Redwoods League has expanded the Grove of Old Trees park to 48 acres by purchasing a neighboring 15-acre property and deeding it to LandPaths, the Grove’s owner and manager. Containing old-growth coast redwoods, oak woodland, grassland and a stretch of Coleman Valley Creek, this newly acquired property is a priority identified by the League’s Vibrant Forests Plan.

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Photo by Jon Parmentier

North Coast Initiative: Protect the Forests of the Future

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Together with our conservation partners, we are taking action to put the redwood homeland back on the path to vibrance and vitality. We call this collaboration the North Coast Initiative, and we are focusing our efforts in and around Redwood National and State Parks. We will acquire land near established parks, connect preserves, heal damaged forests, and expand opportunities for visitors to the redwoods.

Learn more about the North Coast Initiative.

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Westfall Ranch is protected from commercial logging and development. Photo by Mike Shoys.

League Purchases Westfall Ranch

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Today, the League announced it purchased the scenic 77-acre Westfall Ranch to buffer Headwaters Forest Reserve south of Eureka, California. The League purchased the $1.1 million property from Andy and Sandy Westfall, preventing other potential owners from developing, subdividing or commercially logging the land. More than 3,000 League members donated to this project. Learn more about Westfall Ranch.

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