Here's to a New Year filled with light, wonder and hope. Photo Jon Parmentier
In a moment, I'm going to ask you to make a donation to support your redwood parks and have your gift doubled. But first I want to tell a personal story …
Right after most of Redwood National and State Parks reopened this summer, my wife and I took our girls to Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. The scene was “the new normal” for the pandemic here, with RPC operating our store on the porch of the visitor center and rangers from our partners with the National Park Service and California State Parks working together in a pop-up tent just outside.
My six-year-old, Katie, was full of excitement. She went immediately to the rangers and asked if she could start her “training” to be a Junior Ranger. Seconds after getting her work book, my youngest was tromping up the trail, determined to earn her badge and be sworn in.
The rest of that day in the park was eye opening. My girls gained a real enthusiasm for the park and learned about the trees, animals, spaces and people of this beloved place. Along the way, we met other visitors, each soaking in the ancient redwood forest in their own way. The solace and release of being here showed on their faces, even behind face masks. They were experiencing some peace after months of quarantine.
I was struck with how important this place was, not just to preserve, but to enjoy — and how much the resilience of these majestic redwoods and their landscape can teach us now when we need them most.
This place IS WORTH SUPPORTING, and our parks will NEED YOUR SUPPORT -- as our public lands all face a tough year ahead of budget cuts and greater program needs. Our support of programs, like Junior Rangers, will be more needed than ever.
What can YOU do?
The Redwood Resilience matching fund will match any donation YOU make before the end of the year, tomorrow. There is still $12,000 left in the fund, so we need all the help we can get.
Thank you for being part of the team that makes our redwood parks special!
David Reed Development Director Redwood Parks Conservancy
PS - TAX PROVISIONS in the CARES ACT mean that you can donate up to $300 to a non-profit like Redwood Parks Conservancy ($600 for married-filing-jointly), and reduce your adjusted gross income by that amount, and you can still claim the standard deduction. More info is at IRS.gov If you itemize your deductions, the CARES Act lifts the caps to 100% for individuals and joint filers, and 25% for corporations.