Save the Redwoods League and USDA Forest Service sign stewardship agreement to expedite emergency action on giant sequoia


The League will lead work to reduce the risk of wildfires in two vulnerable groves from October 31

San Francisco, Calif. –News Direct– Save the Redwoods League

Photo caption: Representatives from the Save the Redwoods League and the Sequoia National Forest walk part of Long Meadow Grove in Giant Sequoia National Monument to assess opportunities for shared restoration work. Despite the recent Windy Fire of 2021, large parts of this grove continue to be threatened by high-severity wildfires and drought. Photo: Ben Blom for Save the Redwoods League

Save the Redwoods League and the USDA Forest Service have signed a partnership agreement to accelerate stewardship activities in the threatened range of giant sequoias. Under this stewardship agreement, the League will lead restoration efforts to reduce wildfire risk in two giant sequoia groves in partnership with USDA-FS. One of the groves is among the 12 specifically mentioned in the USDA-FS “Emergency Action” announced in July 2022.

The League will work to restore two groves in the USDA-FS-managed Giant Sequoia National Monument. While both groves burned in the Windy Fire of 2021, much of them continue to be vulnerable to weather-related wildfires. The 568-acre Long Meadow Grove is home to the famous 100 Giants Trail, the most popular trail in the National Monument. The nearby 533-acre Packsaddle Grove is one of the southernmost groves in the national monument, making it particularly vulnerable in a hotter, drier climate. The agreement allows the League to partner with USDA-FS for the management of additional groves over a 10-year period.

The League’s work on both groves will begin Oct. 31 and will continue until the work is complete, which the League estimates will be by 2025. The goal of the work is to protect the remaining ancient giant sequoias. , reduce the potential for future wildfire swells, restore a natural fire regime through the reintroduction of prescribed burning, and promote forest health and resilience to climate change. Work will be conducted in accordance with the USDA-FS Giant Sequoia National Monument Management Plan.

“Following intense wildfires that have killed nearly 20% of the mighty giant sequoias over the past few years, there is an extremely urgent need to address the remaining forests while we still can,” said Sam Hoder, President and CEO of Save the Redwoods League. “We look forward to putting the League’s scientific and restoration expertise into action to accelerate the pace and scale of restoration. There’s no time to lose.”

To implement this restoration project, the League engages a local contractor and Indigenous forestry crews from FRIES, a Calaveras County-based nonprofit whose logging crews are made up of more than 80 percent members of several tribes in the Sierra Nevada region. Partnering with California’s Native Tribes in our work to protect and restore the giant sequoia and redwood forests is a commitment of Save the Redwoods League.

“The 2020 Castle Fire was a dramatic wake-up call, underscoring the vulnerability of this unique system, as an unprecedented number of giant sequoias have been killed. These fire effects are extreme and, if they are not avoided in future wildfires, they pose a significant threat to the survival of giant sequoias in their already limited range,” explained Teresa Benson, Sequoia National Forest Supervisor. working with Save the Redwood League on this project and in future restoration efforts to protect our beloved giant sequoias.”

Save the Redwoods League and the USDA Forest Service are both members of the Giant Sequoia Lands Coalition, which was formed in 2021 to coordinate and catalyze work to restore the fire resistance of giant sequoia forests across agencies and communities. nonprofit organizations specifically responsible for their stewardship. This agreement is one of the results of these efforts, as well as many other ongoing actions by several Coalition partners.


To access high-resolution images of giant sequoia groves in need of restoration, please visit the League’s online press room.

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One of the nation’s oldest conservation organizations, Save the Redwoods League has been protecting and restoring redwood forests since 1918. The League has connected generations of visitors to the beauty and serenity of the redwood forest. The nonprofit’s 26,000 supporters have enabled the organization to protect more than 216,000 acres of irreplaceable forest in 66 state, national and local parks and preserves. For more information, please visit

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