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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.

Join us for our 2021 series

We are looking forward to bringing you a full year of monthly webinar presentations in 2021. You can register for individual webinars or the entire series here.

Suzanne Simard

Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest: A Conversation with Suzanne Simard

Join us Under the Redwoods with renowned ecologist and author of Finding the Mother Tree, Professor Suzanne Simard, to learn 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.

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Doug McConnell

Our Parks and Conservation Future: A Conversation with Doug McConnell

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 us July 29 Under the Redwoods for a conversation with Doug about what inspires him when he looks ahead to our parks and conservation future.

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Chris Spohrer

A Year After Fire Changed Big Basin: A Conversation with Chris Spohrer

Join us for a conversation with 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 will also look ahead at Big Basin’s future. 

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Scott Stephens

Fire, Forests, and California: One Year Since Big Basin Burned

Join Scott Stephens, U.C. Berkeley’s Professor of Fire Science, for a conversation about what’s happened since Big Basin burned over a year ago, and how we are–or aren’t–addressing the very real challenges with fire ecology to preserve our forests.

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Our past Under the Redwoods webinars:

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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The Marvels and Mystery of the Marbled Murrelet: Portia Halbert

April 29, 2021

Portia Halbert, California State Parks Environmental Scientist, tells the tale of the marvelous and mysterious marbled murrelet, an endangered seabird that prefers to nest in the canopies of old-growth trees such as redwoods here in the Santa Cruz Mountains. To keep up to date with Portia Halbert’s resources and research on marbled murrelets, go to…

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Treasure Hunting in the Santa Cruz Mountains: Amy Patten

April 2, 2021

The Santa Cruz Mountains are home to many rare and endemic plants, often found in equally unique and beautiful habitats. In this webinar California Native Plant Society’s Rare Plant Treasure Hunt Manager Amy Patten reveals the life history and ecology of some of our local rare plants and how they respond to challenges of life…

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Redwoods as an Idea: Robert Buelteman

February 26, 2021

In this webinar live from the artist’s coastside studio in Montara, Robert Buelteman explores redwoods and the ideas they hold for us. Where many contemporary artists depict the desultory perspective of what humankind has done to nature, Robert Buelteman has focused his life’s work in what nature has done to and for, humankind. Through words…

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Looking to California State Parks’ Future: Armando Quintero

January 28, 2021

An environmental scientist by training, Armando Quintero is new to his role with California State Parks, and brings considerable experience in park operations, outdoor education, equity and access, and public service roles. We look forward to exploring our State Parks with him, his goals for his tenure, and the next steps for our regional state parks to…

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Valentin Lopez

Indigenous People of the Santa Cruz Mountains: Valentin Lopez

October 28, 2020

Valentin Lopez, the chairman of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, discusses efforts to re-learn and reclaim cultural traditions to care for the earth in their ancestral territory. You can also read our SemperVoices interview with Val, discussing the true riches of relationships with the land.

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Emily Burns

Signs of Life: Forests in Recovery

September 4, 2020

Redwoods expert Emily Burns, Ph.D. shares the signs she looks for in forests recovering from wildfire. This presentation is hopeful, insightful, and brimming with facts that may matter now more than ever. You can also enjoy Dr. Burns’ Ten Signs Of Hope In A Forest After Fire from our SemperVoices series.

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Managing for Wildfire in the Santa Cruz Mountains

July 15, 2020

 Sempervirens Fund Land Stewardship Manager Ian Rowbotham details the work that goes into preventing wildfire, managing fire risks, and using fire as a tool for healthy land management. This presentation offers important context for the work to come to mitigate the risks for future wildfire events before they occur.

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