Enter the grandeur of the redwoods

Scientists, writers, environmentalists and photographers capture the wonder of this ancient forest.

  • Established in 1925, Del Norte Coast Redwoods is one of four parks that make up the Redwood National and State Parks, which together protect 45 percent of the last remaining old-growth redwood forest.

    Jon Parmentier, Courtesy of Save the Redwoods League
  • Save the Redwoods League’s Ladies Committee tour Humboldt County in 1919.

    Freeman Art Company, Courtesy of the Humboldt County Historical Society
  • A wide view of both Redwood National and State Parks. Old-growth coast redwood forest groves appear as islands in a harvested landscape.

    Mike Shoys, Courtesy of Save the Redwoods League
  • A Candelabra tree at Sinkyone Wilderness State Park.

    Mike Shoys, Courtesy of Save the Redwoods League
  • A snowy scene at Sequoia National Park.

    Max Forster, Courtesy of Save the Redwoods League
  • An oxen team hauls felled redwoods at Glen Bair.

    Courtesy of The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley
  • A hiker marvels at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.

    David Baselt, Courtesy of Save the Redwoods League


As part of its centennial celebration, the Save the Redwoods League has released The Once and Future Forest: California’s Iconic Redwoods, a lavishly produced volume that highlights the ways people have identified with these national treasures over the years. The book features five essays by scientists, writers and environmentalists who are passionate about the forest’s preservation, together with over 175 full-color images.

Biologist Meg Lowman’s essay, “The Science of Giants,” introduces readers to the work of redwood researchers and the scientific discoveries they’ve made in the ancient forest and its canopy, while author David Harris describes his evolving personal relationship with the giant trees in his essay, “My Redwood Confession.”

Described as a “true wonder of the world,” by Sam Hodder, the organization’s CEO, the forest’s grandeur spills out of the pages through the accompanying photography, paintings and maps, which bring to life the mystical beauty of the tallest trees on earth.

The Once and Future Forest:
California’s Iconic Redwoods
Save the Redwoods League, introduction by Sam Hodder.
224 pages, hardcover: $100.
Heyday, 2018.

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