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Towering, majestic redwood trees are one of California’s greatest assets. And, they’re a huge draw for visitors, too. It’s thanks to a group called the Save the Redwoods League that there are ancient trees to visit today. The League is celebrating its 100th birthday this year. So, they’re celebrating in the best way they know how. They’re offering once-a-month free admission days to more than 40 California redwood parks.

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Theodore Roosevelt’s Boone and Crockett Club founded the Save the Redwoods League in 1918. The Boone and Crockett Club is the oldest wildlife and conservation club in the country. The League purchased redwood forests to give to the California state park system. In fact, the Save the Redwoods League led the campaign to establish a state park system in California. They also work on a science-based plan to restore redwood forests. The logging industry in the 19th century decimated the redwood forests that once covered most of California and Oregon, and spurred The League to act.

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Some of the country’s earliest National Parks were created to protect the redwoods and sequoias of California. Sequoia National Park is the country’s second National Park, and Yosemite is the third. Since then, the League established a system of redwood parks (including redwood state parks and Redwood National Park, among others) all across California to protect the ancient, massive wonders.

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In honor of the centennial of the Save the Redwoods League, every second Saturday of the month, free passes that allow for parking and admission will be made available. You have to register in advance, as there is only a limited number available at each of the more than 40 participating parks each month. But it’s a great opportunity to experience some of the ever-popular California redwood parks.

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