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Creating Parks and Reserves

Photo by Paolo Vescia
With our donors' support, Save the Redwoods League has protected more than 204,000 acres of redwood forest and surrounding lands (more than six times the size of San Francisco) and helped create 66 redwood parks and reserves for everybody to enjoy.

California is home to a true wonder of the world. The coast redwood and giant sequoia forests are as significant to our planet as the Amazon rainforest, the Great Barrier Reef and the Serengeti. The redwood forests are home to the tallest and largest trees on the planet.

Since 1918, Save the Redwoods League has safeguarded special places, including the pictured Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve. Photo by Christine Aralia
Since 1918, Save the Redwoods League has safeguarded special places, including the pictured Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve. Photo by Christine Aralia
As the world’s most effective carbon sink, redwoods can play an outsized role in slowing climate change. They support rare layers of life found nowhere else on Earth that have withstood eons of change. And visitors to the redwoods have the opportunity to connect with a landscape unlike any other — embodying a sense of beauty, balance and resilience that has been millions of years in the making.

For a century, Save the Redwoods League has been singularly focused on protecting and safeguarding the ancient treasures that are redwood forests. We were founded in 1918 to protect these great forests from extinction. In the wake of the 1849 Gold Rush came the timber rush — an explosive demand for lumber in California that almost eliminated ancient redwood forests that had flourished for more than 20 million years. Over the last century, the League has protected more than 204,000 acres of redwood forests and helped create 66 redwood parks and reserves, touching the lives of millions of people by connecting them to these towering wonders of nature.

Our members’ donations help us create redwood parks and reserves by allowing us to purchase from willing sellers forests and surrounding lands. We donate or sell this land to permanent caretakers such as other nonprofit organizations. If necessary, we care for the land we purchase until another organization can purchase or care for it.

Help us protect more redwood forests. You can make your gift in memory or honor of an individual or organization.

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