Saving the Redwoods – A Hundred Years of Preserving California’s Iconic Forests


Tuesday, January 21, 2020 6:00PM

<em>Saving the Redwoods – A Hundred Years of Preserving California’s Iconic Forests</em>
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Saving the Redwoods – A Hundred Years of Preserving California’s Iconic Forests


Where: California Historical Society Headquarters, 678 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

Cost: $12 General Admission, Free for CHS Members, plus one guest per membership.

For more than one hundred years, dedicated residents have toiled and advocated to preserve one of earth’s greatest treasures – the redwood and sequoia forests of California – among the largest and most ancient forms of life on the planet. Come join the California Historical Society to hear unique, behind-the-scenes stories about the people and events that have led to California being at the forefront of saving these magnificent trees. Sam Hodder, President and CEO of Save the Redwoods League, and authors Laura and James Wasserman, will share perspectives and presentations. Available will be copies of the stunning Heyday Books-Save the Redwoods League publication, “The Once and Future Forest: California’s Iconic Redwoods,” a coffee table anthology of essays, artwork, and photographs with an Introduction by Sam Hodder. Also available “Who Saved the Redwoods? The Unsung Heroines of the 1920s Who Fought for our Redwood Forests,” a history by Laura and James Wasserman.

About the Speakers:

Laura and James Wasserman are the authors of “Who Saved the Redwoods? The Unsung Heroines of the 1920s Who Fought for our Redwood Forests”

Laura Wasserman is a long-time institutional researcher and research coordinator in the private and public sectors. Her professional experience includes extensive business market analysis and polling for national opinion research. She has also conducted research for legislative political campaigns and environmental issues, including impacts of proposed oil drilling on Native Alaskan coastal communities on Kodiak Island. She is experienced in evaluation of local, state and federal government programs and comprehensive report writing in California and Alaska.

James Wasserman has worked more than 30 years as a newspaper and wire service reporter, columnist and television commentator in California and Alaska. Those publications included The Associated Press Capitol Bureau in Sacramento and The Sacramento Bee. His specialties include land use and environmental issues. He also worked as a California state government policy analyst in Sacramento, authoring investigative and environmental public policy reports on subjects ranging from modernizing state park management to governing California through climate change. Both are retired and live in Sacramento.

Sam Hodder is the President and CEO of Save the Redwoods League, author of the Introduction to “The Once and Future Forest: California’s Iconic Redwoods”

Under Sam Hodder’s leadership, Save the Redwoods League has permanently protected over 20,000 acres of redwoods and launched ambitious forest restoration projects. Hodder guided the League’s 100th anniversary celebrations in 2018 and the development of its Centennial Vision for Redwoods Conservation. The League’s new vision is a bold 100-year plan to accelerate land protection and the regeneration of coast redwood and giant sequoia forests across their natural ranges, and to reimagine visitor experiences in redwood parks. Hodder has further advanced the League’s Redwoods and Climate Change Initiative, a project that has led to pioneering research on the unique ecosystems thriving in the old-growth redwood canopy. He has also sharpened the League’s focus on investing in educational programs and enhancing redwood park experiences. Hodder is a graduate of Princeton University with nearly 30 years of conservation experience.