Saving the fifth largest tree on the planet
New conservation effort in the works to buy 530-acre property
The fifth-largest tree known in the entire world is located in a slice of California dubbed Alder Creek. Thanks to the hard work of a local conservation group, it looks like it, known as the Stagg Tree, and hundreds more ancient giant sequoia, could soon get permanent protection. But, it’ll take a little help from their friends. Yes, that means you.
Save The Redwoods League has announced that it plans on purchasing the 530-acre Alder Creek property from its current owners for $15.65 million. The group is making a public fundraising appeal to support this effort.
“Alder Creek is the most consequential giant sequoia conservation project of our lifetime. It’s the largest remaining giant sequoia property in private ownership and a globally unique and extraordinarily beautiful landscape,” said Sam Hodder, president and CEO of Save the Redwoods League. “To fully protect this remarkable grove forever, we will need the public’s help in raising the required funds by December 31, 2019. I am pleased to announce that we have a challenge grant in place to help us achieve that goal.”
The last giant sequoias on earth are located on and around the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada in approximately 73 groves. Giant sequoia forests are one of the rarest ecosystems on the planet, encompassing 48,000 acres.
If successful, the group is planning to own and manage the property for five to 10 years. During this time, there will be plans implemented for restoration and stewardship activities as well as the development of long-term public access to the property.
“This is perhaps the most significant sequoia conservation opportunity in the last 65 years,” said Becky Bremser, the director of land protection for Save the Redwoods League. “By protecting this property, we will safeguard the biological richness and ecological resilience of a forest unlike any other on Earth — with giant sequoia trees that are thousands of years old, and nearly 500 with diameters six feet or larger. We also will create the opportunity for this extraordinary mountain forest to inspire the public in a truly special way.”
The acquisition cost of the Alder Creek property is $15.65 million, which must be raised by December 31, 2019. To launch this public fundraising effort and inspire support, an anonymous donor has offered a challenge match, generously agreeing to match dollar-for-dollar all gifts received by December 31 up to $500,000. The public can donate to support the protection and restoration of Alder Creek at SaveTheRedwoods.org/SaveAlder.