Save the Redwoods League - An Accredited Land Trust

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San Francisco, CA 94104


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The mission of Save the Redwoods League is to protect and restore redwood forests and connect people with their peace and beauty so these wonders of the natural world flourish.


For those who have had the chance to stand in a redwood grove, there are few life experiences that match it. We can all agree that there are some places on Earth that are so special that they are worth saving. This shared belief motivated our founders to establish Save the Redwoods League in 1918.

In 1917, the head of the National Park Service, Stephen Mather, inspired our founders — prominent conservationists John C. Merriam, Madison Grant and Henry Fairfield Osborn — to investigate the state of the redwood forests in Northern California. They had heard the new Redwood Highway had opened up the area to more logging, threatening the ancient trees.

Along the Mendocino County coast, they passed long-standing logging operations. Farther north, along the Eel River, they saw practically undisturbed forests. As they continued north, they reached the Bull Creek-Dyerville Flat area in Humboldt County, an area dense with gigantic redwoods reaching more than 300 feet high.

In the presence of such awe-inspiring beauty and serenity, Merriam, Grant and Osborn felt compelled to remove their hats and speak only in whispers. That evening, they agreed that a state or national park was needed to save some part of the north coast redwood forest for future generations.

Grant worked with Merriam, Osborn, Mather and others to form Save the Redwoods League in 1918, beginning with an initial donation of $100 toward the effort.

Thanks to you, our loyal members and friends around the world, we have achieved much to realize the founders’ vision.

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