In 2014, logging roads were decommissioned and trees planted to speed development of old-growth forest characteristics on parts of the Headwaters Forest Reserve that were extensively logged. Photo by Humboldt State University
Save the Redwoods League restores logged areas and surrounding land by identifying what the forest needs to recover, whether it’s planting seedlings or removing old logging roads. We also manage these lands so that these old forests of the future will harbor clear, fish-filled streams and diverse plants and animals. These features are among the hallmarks of an ancient redwood forest.
Ancient redwood forest once covered 2 million acres (the size of three Rhode Islands). Today, after decades of logging, most of the redwood forest is young. Ecological restoration helps the forest return to the old-growth conditions upon which many plants and animals depend for their survival—in other words, it fixes what humans have broken.
The vision of restoration is to foster the development of a thriving forest full of majestic trees, healthy waterways and diverse wildlife. Restoration is critical in protecting imperiled species like the spotted owl, marbled murrelet, and coho salmon, which have lost much of their ancient forest habitat.