To The Trees



"That's what creates a sustainable system: a human's engagement in a respectful and responsible way with land, and water and air and animals. It can't be extractive all the time."

In the breathtakingly beautiful redwood forests of Northern California, a battle is being waged – a battle that is part of the larger war against corporate greed and extraction. Tree-sitters, forest advocates, and Indigenous peoples are working to protect, reclaim and manage the remaining 2% of old growth redwood forests, as well as second-growth areas that are beginning to become nurturing ecosystems again.

But it's an uphill battle in every sense of the word. Green Diamond owns some 400,000 acres of land in Northern California, tucked away on private lands behind sparse beauty screens and an eco-groovy public image. Tree-sitters protect what they can where they can, tying trees together to multiply their efforts. At the same time forest advocates battle in court to stop the destruction of fragile habitats based on what little legislation there is to protect endangered species. Indigenous tribes work to regain control of ancestral lands so that they can engage with these spaces as they did for thousands of years.

As climate chaos rages across the globe, a single redwood has much to teach us about the science and the magic of our place in nature. Redwood forests are some of the most carbon dense forests in the world. They are also beyond words – massive beings who tower over our small bodies, yet invite us in to the soft reverie of an enchanted wood. Here we can be reminded of our place in nature, we may be reminded of the love of self that is necessarily the love for nature. And we may be reminded of the need and the call to defend what we love, in whatever ways, in whatever places we can.

in order of appearance

  • Forest Defender Pat
  • Executive Director and Staff Attorney, Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) Tom Wheeler
  • Forest Defender Mugwort
  • Tribal Citizen, Wiyot Tribe, Manager Da gou rou louwi' Cultural Center Marnie Atkins


  • Director, Writer, Producer Eleanor Goldfield
  • Location Video & Narration Eleanor Goldfield
  • Audio, Video Post Production Chris Owens
  • Original Music/Score Alec Fellman (insomniac hotel)
  • Still Images (unless otherwise noted) Eleanor Goldfield
Our work is made possible via patrons. We have no backing from any media outlet, any organizations or any corporations. We don't do this for the money, and it takes money to get it done. Anything you can give to support our work is hugely appreciated and goes straight in to creating more content like this.

special thanks

  • Marnie Atkins for her images from Goudi'ni (“over in the woods” in Soulatluk)
to the trees poster