Save the Redwoods League

The drive to preserve the redwoods on the northern coast of California began in 1917, after the completion of Highway 101, when several prominent conservationists traveled to Humboldt and Del Norte counties to view the magnificent redwood groves there. These were John C. Merriam, University of California paleontologist and later President of the Carnegie Institute, Madison Grant and Henry Fairfield Osborn. They saw widespread destruction of the forests along the new highway, and were appalled to find that not one tree was owned by any public agency or protected for public enjoyment in any way.

These great conservationists were impressed by the urgent need to preserve redwood groves in public parks for their unique beauty and scientific interest. In an article which appeared in the National Geographic magazine, they revealed the coast redwoods to the American public, and made a plea for the preservation of redwood forest. Together, in the spring of 1918, they organized the Save-the-Redwoods League. Its objective was to rescue from destruction representative areas of primeval redwood forests, and to cooperate with state and national park services in establishing redwood parks.

84 years later the League's mission remains the same. While redwoods have been preserved in our network of national and state parks, in many areas they are still under threat. The League is working tirelessly to ensure the preservation of these magnificent trees.

For more information, or to contact Save the Redwoods League, see their website at: www.savetheredwoods.org

» Recent News

New State Redwood Reserve Created
02 Nov 01 | Save-the-Redwoods League is pleased to announce the creation of the John B. DeWitt State Redwood Reserve. As Secretary and Executive Director of Save-the-Redwoods League, Mr. Dewitt was committed to rescuing the ancient redwood forests from ...

Save-the-Redwoods League Awards $30,000 in Education Grants
21 Sep 01 | K-12 educators, teachers and students under the League's new educational grants program. Awards were granted for proposals submitted in the five major categories of Classroom Supplies, Fieldtrips, Teacher Continuing Environmental Education, ...

Fern Creek Watershed Protected
15 Jun 01 | Save-the-Redwoods League today announced the purchase of a beautiful nine-acre redwood grove adjacent to Jug Handle State Reserve. The League purchased the land to protect the watershed of Jug Handle Creek which is fed by Fern Creek.

Ancient Redwoods Protected
13 Jun 01 | A spectacular grove of ancient redwoods was added to Humboldt Redwoods State Park today with the purchase of 17 acres of land located near Miranda. The purchase is the first funded from the Redwood Fund in the voter-approved Proposition 12, the ...

$25,000 Available in Grants
01 Jun 01 | Long committed to forest protection through education, Save-the-Redwoods League has established an educational grants program that will make $25,000 available to K-12 educators, teachers and students this year. Five major granting categories are ...

New County Park: Save-the-Redwoods League Donates Redwood Forest
30 Mar 01 | Santa Cruz County Parks expanded today to include 410 acres of land just north of Boulder Creek, including a majestic stand of 2,000 year old redwood trees. Save-the-Redwoods League, which purchased the property in 1994 for $2.4 million from the ...

Public and Private Partnership Secures Protection of 280 acres in Humboldt County
29 Sep 00 | San Francisco, CA - Save-the-Redwoods League and the Bureau of Land Management have purchased 280 acres of Douglas-fir timber lands from Eel River Sawmills. This unique collaboration among Save-the-Redwoods League, the Bureau of Land Management, ...

Conservation Groups Build a Wildlife Corridor
19 May 00 | Save-the-Redwoods League announced today at a press conference that they have negotiated the purchase of 1,075 acres of old growth and second growth forest and connecting lands in the Mattole River valley of Southern Humboldt County. Eel River ...

Avenue of the Giants in Humboldt Redwoods State Park to be expanded by League's efforts
16 Feb 00 | The Save-the-Redwoods League is a nonprofit organization, established in 1918, that acquires Coast Redwood and Giant Sequoia forest lands for protection in the 37 California Redwood State Parks, in Redwood National Park, and in other public parks ...

Tribute to a Peacemaker: the Council Madroņa
04 Feb 00 | Ettersburg, CA - A legendary peacemaker, the "Council Madro¤a," the world's largest Coast madrone tree, was brought to the ground by the forces of nature. At a height of 96 feet and spreading 113 feet across, it was the largest specimen of ...

Save-the-Redwoods League purchases key forest habitat for wildlife Corridor from the Redwoods to the Sea
04 Oct 99 | 3,800 acres of dramatic forested lands in a Corridor from the Redwoods to the Sea in Southern Humboldt County have been purchased by Save-the-Redwoods League for $5,250,000. "Permanent protection for this beautiful, wild stretch of California is ...

Appellate Court invalidates County Use Permit for Phillipsville Motocross Race Track
14 May 99 | The California Farm Bureau Federation, as an amicus or friend of the court, joined in the appeal of the motocross permit. The Conditional Use Permit for the motocross racetrack was approved by the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors on August 26...

 


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