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Since 1918, Save the Redwoods League has saved ancient redwood forests and redwood ecosystems to ensure that current and future generations can feel the awe and peace that these precious natural wonders inspire. We also save redwoods because they are rare -- their natural range is only in central and northern California and southern Oregon -- and because they are Earth's tallest and some of the oldest and most massive living things.
With our members' and partners' support, we have protected more than 187,000 acres and helped develop 62 redwood parks and reserves for everybody to enjoy.
These are our objectives:
- To rescue from destruction representative areas of our primevalforests.
- To cooperate with California State Parks, the National Park Service, and other agencies, in establishing redwood parks and other parks and reserves.
- To purchase redwood groves by private subscription.
- To foster and encourage a betterand more general understanding of the value of primeval redwood or giant sequoia and other forests of America as natural objects of extraordinary interest to present and future generations.
- To support reforestation and conservation of our forest areas.
How We Save Redwoods
- We protect redwoods by purchasing forests and the landscapes that support them at fair-market value from willing sellers. We donate or sell this land to California State Parks and other government agencies, which protect the forests as parks and reserves for everybody to enjoy. These purchases are guided by our science-based Master Plan. Save the Redwoods also protects redwoods by making land preservation agreements. These contracts between landowners and the League limit uses of property to protect qualities such as ancient trees, habitat for threatened species and recreation.
- We restore logged forests to their majestic state by, among other efforts, removing roads, creating wildlife habitat and removing small trees that were planted too close together in post-logging reforestation efforts. This tree removal promotes faster growth of larger trees and other old-forest characteristics such as a dense canopy, clear-running, fish-filled streams, and abundant animal species that rely on old forests.
- We inspire current and future generations to save redwoods by awarding education grants to organizations that help thousands of children and adults better understand and appreciate these trees.
- Through our science and planning work, we learn what redwoods need to survive. We award research grants, and develop science-based plans to save redwoods throughout their natural range.
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