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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Save the Redwoods League

Thanks to our community of more than 21,000 members, Save the Redwoods League has saved these redwood forests and the landscapes that support them.

  • We transferred to Butano State Park 100 acres containing ancient coast redwoods and potential nesting sites for the threatened marbled murrelet, a seabird that relies on ancient trees. This acquisition also expands protection for critical watersheds and will increase the park's recreational opportunities along the Butano Fire Road, a trail often used by hikers that bisects the northern portion of the park.
  • Our purchase of 39 acres upslope of the scenic Freshwater Lagoon in Humboldt County increases watershed protection for the lagoon and adds second-growth redwood forest to Humboldt Lagoons State Park.
  • Old and young redwoods, grassy bluffs and more than 1½ miles of stunning Pacific Ocean coastline are highlights of a 401-acre Mendocino County property Save the Redwoods League has acquired. In a new type of partnership, the Coastal Land Trust is caring for the land, while Save the Redwoods is exploring exciting new alternatives for long-term stewardship that include California State Parks and other partners to ensure the public can enjoy this inspiring place.
  • We protected 113 acres of land adjacent to Bothe-Napa Valley State Park containing some of the last remaining unprotected ancient redwoods in Napa County. In the face of global climate change, redwoods in this region are important to preserve because they may hold the key to species' survival, having developed in a relatively dry, warm environment. Of the total 113-acre project area, Save the Redwoods League acquired 51 acres for future transfer to the park. We acquired a land preservation agreement on 62 of the acres and transferred it to The Land Trust of Napa County, a new Save the Redwoods partner, for permanent monitoring.
  • League land preservation agreements in Del Norte County on industrial timberland now protect some of the best remaining privately owned old-growth forest habitat for marbled murrelets in northern California. The murrelets, a species of seabird, need ancient trees' large branches for nest platforms. There are two agreements: one covers 650 acres, including 142 acres of old-growth forest buffered by 508 acres of younger forest; the other covers 298 acres, with more than 77 acres of old-growth forest buffered by 220 acres of younger forest.

  • New Property Makes Way for Access to Giant Sequoias Our members’ support enabled us to recently transfer to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks an 11-acre parcel that will allow the National Park Service to improve public access via the historic Colony Mill Road. The Colony Mill Road connects to a network of trails through the park leading to the Giant Forest. The Giant Forest is home to the world’s largest tree, the General Sherman Tree. The property also is important because it contains blue oak woodlands, an increasingly threatened habitat in California.

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