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Paul Werner: My Redwoods Legacy

Paul WernerI grew up in Brooklyn, New York, about as far away from the splendor of the redwoods as you can get. I eventually made my way to California to study at the University of California at Berkeley. It was then that a friend introduced me to these magnificent forests—and the very real threats these ancient giants face.

When I saw these natural wonders for the first time, I found them overwhelmingly beautiful and inspiring. I felt as though I had traveled back to the time of the dinosaurs. I knew then that I wanted to help protect and restore these global treasures.

Paul WernerI was introduced to and joined Save the Redwoods League as a supporter in 1971. My late wife, Patricia, and I have always been very aware of the issues our environment faces, so it was only natural for us to build upon our annual support for the League by making a legacy gift and joining the Redwood Legacy Circle in 2013.

It’s hard to believe that I’m now an old-timer. At this age, one’s thoughts turn to the topics of doing the most good in the time remaining, creating a legacy that will better the world. For me, that means protecting our redwood forests and restoring them to their original scale and grandeur.

Before I go, I wanted to share two photos of me in the redwoods. The first was taken in 1972 in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, and the second in 2019 on Avenue of the Giants. I’m proud that I’ve been standing for the redwoods for almost half a century. Though that’s not much time in the lives of these trees, it represents an important commitment. Through my legacy gift, I will help sustain the League and the forests beyond my lifespan.

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