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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.

Stay tuned for our 2022 series

We look forward to bringing you a full year of monthly webinar presentations in 2022. Sign up for our email list to stay up to date on our 2022 series as they are announced.

Our past Under the Redwoods webinars:

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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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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