The Once and Future Forest: California’s Iconic Redwoods

In commemoration of Save the Redwoods League’s 100th anniversary, Heyday is proud to present a book that showcases both the grandeur of the redwood ecosystems that sustain California and the deep love they have engendered in scientists, writers, artists, and the general public. At the heart of this celebration are five new essays by Gary Ferguson, David Harris, Meg Lowman, Greg Sarris, and David Rains Wallace. These pieces discuss a multitude of topics, including the fascinating science of redwoods, the League’s history of redwoods conservation, and the big trees’ significance to indigenous cultures; but what unites the essays aside from their theme is awe. In evoking the big trees as natural cathedrals wreathed in misty canopies, readers will be inspired to protect these majestic beings and to look for a more ecologically informed future. The volume itself is a luxurious objet of book arts: protected by a foil-embossed slipcase, this clothbound hardcover is constructed of the highest quality materials and features over 175 full-color images.

Published in collaboration with Save the Redwoods League

About the Author

Save the Redwoods League is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to protect and restore California redwoods and connect people to the peace and beauty of redwood forests. The League protects redwoods by purchasing redwood forests and the surrounding land needed to nurture them, and it restores redwood forests by innovating science and technology that can improve stewardship and accelerate forest regeneration. By protecting more than 200,000 acres and helping to create 66 redwood parks and reserves, the League builds connections among people and the redwood forests. The League’s work is grounded in the principles of conservation biology, research, and improving our collective understanding and appreciation of the redwoods.
A fourth-generation Californian and legendary antiwar activist, David Harris is a former contributing editor at Rolling Stone and the New York Times Magazine and the author of eleven books. His essay “My Redwood Confession” is featured in The Once and Future Forest.
Greg Sarris

Greg Sarris is currently serving his thirteenth term as Chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. He holds the Graton Rancheria Endowed Chair in Writing and Native American Studies at Sonoma State University, and his publications include Keeping Slug Woman Alive: A Holistic Approach to American Indian Texts (1993), Grand Avenue (1994), and Watermelon Nights (1999). Greg lives and works in Sonoma County. Visit his website at