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The First Movements


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Another motivating factor, albeit a small one, in protecting the ancient redwoods was the eugenics movement. Several prominent men of the Save-The-Redwoods League, including founders Madison Grant and Henry Fairfield Osborn were well known published eugenicists. For them there was a parallel between ‘conservation of humans,’ and ‘conservation of other members of the environment.’

According to the early Save-The-Redwoods League arguments the coastal redwoods in California were among the largest and oldest living things on earth and as such, they needed to be protected. Throughout the 1920s and 1930s the Save-The-Redwood League raised money through donations to purchase several groves in Humboldt and Del Norte Counties. These purchases would later become the foundations for various Redwood State Parks in Northern California.