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Stream Restoration Protects Giants of Jed Smith

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Unless we take care of the land and waterways around Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, the amazing 2,000 year-old giants at Stout Grove and other parts of the park will suffer. The streams running through the Mill Creek property just south of the park should nurture Stout Grove and imperiled salmon, but they’ve been damaged by 100 years of logging. See how Save the Redwoods League and California State Parks are restoring Mill Creek’s waterways. View the video. Donate today.

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With your support, we are restoring the former logging site, Mill Creek. This forest has a lot of problems such as crumbling roads, which could cause catastrophic landslides that harm threatened salmon. Photo by Evan Johnson

Mill Creek Restoration Protects Amazing Ancients

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It can be a long, winding even stressful drive to Stout Grove in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park at the northernmost tip of California. But it only takes moments to be completely at peace here. Step into this cathedral-like stand, and you’ll gaze upon immense redwood columns rising to a canopy that filters the sunlight. A thick carpet of needles and ferns traps every sound, creating remarkable silence. This magical space will suffer unless we take care of the land and waterways around this park. Learn how you can help.

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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

Land Cleanup Protects Endangered Condors

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Cleanup of a remote property that Save the Redwoods League purchased has protected endangered California condors, thanks to our members. A helicopter recently removed 24 loads of refuse, each weighing up to 4,000 pounds, from the property acquired in 2010 for addition to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. We had to remove building debris remaining from a 2008 forest fire because the land is habitat for young condors, which may mistakenly eat the refuse. Learn more about this project.

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Montgomery Woods Trailhead Upgrades Done

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A reserve harboring some of the world’s tallest trees is easier to find and enjoy, thanks to our members. In November 2010, Save the Redwoods League and California State Parks finished the first $340,000 phase of improvements at Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve (pictured), including new signage, improved parking facilities, new accessible restrooms and picnic tables under the giant trees. The work resulted from an extensive environmental design and review process to make the reserve more accessible while reducing impacts to the trees, creek and the forest landscape. Learn more about the trailhead upgrades.

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Trails Improved at Portola Redwoods State Park

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Trails in Portola Redwoods State Park were cleared and widened this summer, thanks to our members and a grant from Save the Redwoods League. The $30,000 grant enabled six high school student volunteers and two leaders to clear fallen trees (pictured), widen a trail for people with disabilities, remove poison oak, rebuild a fence and install a retaining wall. The grant supported the crew from the Student Conservation Association, which fosters career development in land conservation and resource management. Learn more about the 2012 research grant projects.

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