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Defiant Redwood of the Week: Stagg Tree

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The Stagg Tree is the fifth largest known tree in the world, centuries old. The League acquired this great tree as part of its recent acquisition of Alder Creek. At eye level, it has so many scars on its trunk from fire and weather that it’s hard to imagine what the original tree looked like. At some point, fire got through the bark of this massive tree and carved out a tunnel that now stands as some kind of flying buttress. But the tree lives on, growing wider and taller.

Across a footpath in the distance, a hiker stands before Giant Tree, looking upwards.

Defiant Redwood of the Week: Giant Tree

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Giant Tree in the Rockefeller Loop of Humboldt Redwoods State Park is not the biggest or the tallest, but it might be the most coast redwood-ish. And that’s probably why it got its designation from the American Forestry Association as the National Champion Coast Redwood in 1991.

Looking up inside the trunk of a massive redwood carved out by fire, known as a chimney tree.

Defiant Redwood of the Week: Chimney Tree

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Meet the tree that refuses to give in. Lots of people pose for pictures in front of – and inside – the Chimney Tree. It wears its damage proudly.

General Sherman Tree. Photograph by Bill Fletcher

Defiant Redwood of the Week: General Sherman Tree

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The General Sherman Tree is about 2,000 years old and is a giant among giants. Considered the world’s largest tree, measured by volume, it stands 275 feet tall. In a world full of threats and challenges, it has planted its roots and set its defenses. It is strong and ready.

Lupine is a wildflower found in redwood forests. Photo by Max Forster.

Wildflowers of the redwood forests

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If it’s spring, it’s wildflower season. Wildflower season is one of the best times to experiences California’s great outdoors. While we can’t get out there to see them ourselves, we thought it would be nice to recall some of our favorites that pop up under the tall trees.

Strength and perseverance don’t necessarily have to call attention to themselves, and few trees exemplify that more than the 1,640-year-old McApin Tree on the League’s Harold Richardson Redwoods Reserve.

Defiant Redwood of the Week: McApin Tree

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Few trees exemplify strength and perseverance more than the 1,640-year-old McApin Tree on the League’s Harold Richardson Redwoods Reserve.

Grizzly Giant is the definition of being tough through hard times. It's message is bend, don't break. Be #RedwoodStrong.

Defiant Redwood of the Week: Grizzly Giant

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This is a serious tree. If a tree could talk, the eternal message from this 210-foot-tall giant sequoia in Yosemite’s Mariposa Grove would be Bring It On. At roughly 3,000 years old and 1,500 tons, it is the very definition …