Fern Watch Heating Up
Flora & Fauna

Fern Watch Heating Up

I’ve been keeping a close watch on Western sword fern, the most common plant in redwood forest, for about a decade now and it appears that the recent weather is taking its toll on the ferns. Through Save the Redwoods League’s climate change tracking project, Fern Watch, we visit 10 coast redwood forests every summer to check for signs of fern stress … Continue reading

Treetop Drought
Forest Facts

Treetop Drought

With the heatwave we are experiencing in California this week, it’s hard to not think about drought. All this dry weather, combined with below-average rainfall, must pose serious challenges for local trees. What’s amazing to me, is that the fantastically tall coast redwoods have evolved to withstand incredibly dry conditions at their treetops. If you climb … Continue reading