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Under the Redwoods

Exploring the beauty, history, science, and benefits of our magnificent redwood forests

In this webinar series, we invite experts and thinkers to join us to explore our magnificent redwood forests, what makes redwoods so special, why they thrive here and nowhere else in the world, and what they mean to us in our lives.

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Lenya Quinn-Davidson at September Burn in Bear Rive. Photo by Thomas Stratton

Prescribed Fire Policy in California | Lenya Quinn-Davidson

Prescribed fire is widely recognized as one of the best tools to promote ecological and community resilience in California, yet barriers remain. This webinar will discuss recent legislative efforts to increase the use of prescribed fire, and highlight upcoming opportunities and actions to further this work.

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Magical Learning in Nature | Carrie Herrera

Join YMCA Camp Jones Gulch director Carrie Herrera to learn about learning … in nature, and how it makes a difference for children to be immersed in outdoor educational experiences.

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Scott Ordway

The End of Rain: Art, Emotion, and Land | Scott Ordway

Join composer and artist Scott Ordway to learn about his forcoming new symphonic work, The End of Rain, commissioned by the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music and featuring Roomful of Teeth. The text is based on more than 200 crowdsourced stories of wildfire and drought in California, accompanied by documentary photography by the composer.

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Jane Kim conducting research and fieldwork about Sequoias for Biographic.

Illustrating Nature | Jane Kim, Ink Dwell studio

Join visual artist and science illustrator Jane Kim to explore how she and her team brings the beauty and complexity of nature to life, merging science illustration with modern fine art.

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Matt DeYoung

Califoria’s Newest Public Monument: Cotoni-Coast Dairies | Matt DeYoung

Join Santa Cruz Mountains Trail Stewarsdship director MattDeYoung for a look at public access to Cotoni-Coast Dairies, the new unit of the California Coastal Monument, opening later this year.

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The Historical Ecology of Indigenous Stewardship Practices in Northern Santa Cruz: Alec Apodaca, Mike Grone, and Alexii Sigona

Join us to learn about the coordinated efforts documenting the deep history of Native American landscape stewardship here in our own backyards. To carry out this multidisciplinary research, the Amah Mutsun Land Trust has partnered with the Department of Anthropology and Department of Environmental Science and Policy Management at UC Berkeley to investigate how Native people used fire to steward important cultural and natural resources on the landscape, and what the contemporary implication for these long-term legacies of land use are for us today.

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Our past Under the Redwoods webinars:

Alvaro Jaramillo

Birds of the Central Coast with Alvaro Jaramillo

April 26, 2022

Join international, and Half Moon Bay-based, birding guide, Alvaro Jaramillo, of Alvaro’s Adventures for an introduction to birds of the Central Coast of California. April 2022

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Jason Addison, U.S. Geological Survey

Looking Deep into the Past for Clues to Climate’s Future with Jason Addison

March 29, 2022

Join U.S. Geological Survey Paleooceanographer Jason Addison to learn how coast redwoods are teaching researchers about climate over millennia, and providing critical context for modern climate conditions. March 2022

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Introduction to Forest Bathing: Dr. Suzanne Bartlett Hackenmiller

February 22, 2022

Enjoy an introduction to forest bathing and our conversation with Dr. Suzanne Bartlett Hackenmiller. AllTrails’ lead medical director, and an expert in the practice of Shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing. You can also enjoy the feature presentation from this webinar at www.sempervirens.org/forest-bathing. This webinar is sponsored by AllTrails. February 2022.

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The History of #OptOutside: Vivienne Long, REI

November 16, 2021

Enjoy our conversation Under the Redwoods with REI’s VP of Marketing, Vivienne Long. We discuss the origins, growth, and annual tradition of #OptOutside, on Black Friday, and every day. Vivienne leads REI’s national and local marketing and works to ensure REI resonates with the next generation of customers. November 2021

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San Vicente Creek Restoring A Stronghold Davenport Water Pipe By Ian Bornarth

Restoring Mill Creek and the San Vicente Watershed: Ian Rowbotham and Kelli Camara

October 26, 2021

Enjoy our conversation Under the Redwoods with Ian Rowbotham and Kelli Camara. Together they help us understand what the removal of the Mill Creek Dam means for the San Vicente watershed and Coho salmon habitat restoration efforts. This webinar is possible thanks to generous support from Heritage Bank and Resources Legacy Fund. October 2021

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Fire and Forests in California: Professor Scott Stephens

September 28, 2021

Enjoy our conversation Under the Redwoods with Professor and fire ecologist Scott Stephens. He shares his perspectives on good fire–like prescribed burning–and destructive fire, and he discusses policies in play and actions that might be taken to get ahead to actively manage land for forest health and reduced wildfire risk. September 2021

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Suzanne Simard

Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest: Suzanne Simard

September 14, 2021

Enjoy our conversation Under the Redwoods with renowned ecologist and author of Finding the Mother Tree, Professor Suzanne Simard. Together we learned about her pioneering research exploring how connections and communication between trees, particularly below-ground connections between Douglas-fir Mother Trees and seedlings, could influence forest recovery. September 2021

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Big Basin After the Fire, photo from LA Times 11-11-20

Reimagining Big Basin: Chris Spohrer

August 31, 2021

We were joined by California State Parks-Santa Cruz District Superintendent Chris Spohrer for a look back at a year since the CZU Lightning Complex swept through Big Basin Redwoods State Park. We also looked ahead at Big Basin’s future. You can join California State Parks in Reimagining Big Basin.  August 2021

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Doug McConnell

The Future of Parks and Conservation in the Bay Area: Doug McConnell

July 28, 2021

The Bay Area region has long been on the leading edge of land conservation, and for nearly four decades Doug McConnell has crafted the seminal stories of our conservation triumphs and challenges. Join Sara Barth for a conversation with Doug about what inspires him when he looks ahead to our parks and conservation future.

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Pumas in the Santa Cruz Mountains: Chris Wilmers

May 26, 2021

The Santa Cruz Puma Project has been studying mountain lions (or pumas) in the Santa Cruz Mountains for 12 years. In this episode, Chris Wilmers, Ph.D., Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, UC Santa Cruz, explores the long term findings of their research exploring how human presence impacts puma behavior, movements, and survival. Along the…

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