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Sempervirens Fund Protects Local Redwood Forests from Looser Timber Harvest Rules

Sempervirens Fund and other forest-protection groups succeeded in protecting forests in Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Mateo and Marin counties from a new California law, Assembly Bill 904 (AB 904), that relaxes timber harvest rules and reduces public review for non-industrial timber harvesting. These four counties are home to a large portion of California's remaining redwood forest, which once covered more than 300 square miles across the Santa Cruz Mountains, from Silicon Valley to the Pacific Ocean. The bill is expected to be signed into law by California Governor Jerry Brown this week.

Fred Keeley, former member of the California State Assembly and now Vice-President of Sempervirens Fund, said, "I am thrilled that the Santa Cruz Mountains are exempted from this new law. Redwood forests are immediately adjacent to homes and public water supplies, and they exist in extremely delicate habitats. AB 904 would have fundamentally changed the scope, frequency, and nature of timber harvesting in our community. We are very pleased that Senate leadership saw this issue our way, and protected the forests in our communities from the bill's impact."

As the legislation moved through the California legislature, Sempervirens Fund and other community and environmental groups were concerned that the AB 904's relaxed restrictions and reduced public review would allow landowners to carry out ecologically damaging timber harvest.

"AB 904 reduces the ability of public water agencies and local residents to review timber harvest plans," said Betsy Herbert, San Lorenzo Valley Water District's director of environmental programs and Chair of Sempervirens Fund's Science Advisory Panel.

"The provisions of AB 904 are not well-suited to the Santa Cruz Mountains, where there are significant residential populations, clear-cutting is already prohibited and strict local zoning laws make forest conversion difficult," said Lennie Roberts, Legislative Advocate for Committee for Green Foothills.

A coalition of environmental and community organizations successfully advocated for amendments to improve the proposed legislation and protect Bay Area counties, known as the Southern Subdistrict, from the final bill. As a result, forest landowners in this area will continue to file complete timber harvest plans each time they log their property, except for landowners with less than 2,500 acres who are eligible for another regulatory program.

AB 904, called "Forest Practice, Working Forest Management Plans," creates the Working Forest Management Plan (WFMP) program, which is a long- term forest management plan for private, nonindustrial landowners with less than 15,000 acres of timberlands, if the landowner commits to sustained yield (based on minimum standards) and uneven-aged management (versus clear-cutting). The bill greatly expanded the logging that was allowed under nonindustrial timber management plans and significantly reduced the opportunities for public review and input.

Unlike the standard timber harvest plan (THP) which requires a public review prior to each timber operation, WFMPs are reviewed only once and then remain valid forever. After approval by California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire), the landowner can conduct all future timber operations simply by filing a notice to CalFire. AB 904 was designed to reduce forest-conversion pressure and encourage private landowners on the North Coast to transition away from clear-cutting. Landowners are granted significant regulatory relief by eliminating CEQA public review of all future timber operations. The bill provides this benefit to broad group of "small" landowners holding up to 15,000 acres, rather than the current ceiling of 2,500 acres for a similar program.

The bill, authored by State Assembly Member Wesley Chesbro of District 2 (Eureka/Santa Rosa), was opposed by numerous environmental organizations. Senate President pro Tempore Darrel Steinberg and Senators Jim Beall, Jerry Hill and Hannah-Beth Jackson were diligent in bringing the amendments that removed the Southern Subdistrict from the legislation.

The following local organizations wrote letters requesting that the Southern Subdistrict be removed from AB 904:

  • Aldercroft Heights County Water District
  • Call of the Wild Estates HOA
  • Central Coast Forest Watch
  • Chemeketa Park Mutual Water Company
  • Committee for Green Foothills
  • Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
  • Mountain Network News
  • Neighbors Against Irresponsible Logging (NAIL)
  • San Lorenzo Valley Water District
  • Santa Clara Valley Water District
  • Santa Cruz Mountains Bioregional Council
  • Sempervirens Fund
  • Sierra Club, Loma Prieta Chapter
  • Sierra Club, Ventana Chapter
  • Summit Watershed Protection League
  • Valley Women's Club of the San Lorenzo Valley

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Sempervirens Fund Protects 80 Acres of Local Coast Redwood Forest Near Big Basin State Park

Sempervirens Fund purchased 80 acres of redwood forest -- the Butano Creek and Waterman Creek properties -- from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The properties consist of two 40-acre parcels in south San Mateo County that include tributaries to Butano Creek and Pescadero Creek, important nesting habitat for the endangered marbled murrelet, and older second-growth redwoods. The two properties are in high priority conservation areas, and by protecting them, Sempervirens Fund has taken two more important steps toward connecting existing parklands and reassembling a healthy, beautiful and accessible redwood forest between Silicon Valley and the Pacific Ocean. The properties are near Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Butano State Park and Castle Rock State Park.

"We are very excited to finally complete our first land-protection project with the Bureau of Land Management," said Reed Holderman, Executive Director of Sempervirens Fund. "The two properties will be protected forever from building, paving and commercial logging."

"We were glad to be able to sell these surplus lands to a land trust as venerable as Sempervirens Fund," said Rick Cooper, Field Manager of BLM's local Hollister Field Office. "They will be excellent stewards of these properties."

The Butano Creek parcel is located in Butano Canyon on the North Fork of Butano Creek, about a mile and a half north of Butano State Park. Butano Creek provides potential sheltering habitat for California red legged frogs. Coho salmon and Steelhead live downstream. The canyon provides nesting habitat for the threatened marbled murrelet and is also a murrelet flyway to groves upstream. The property is characterized by steep south-facing hillsides that are alternately bare on the ridgetops (known as "The Chalks") or vegetated with chaparral. Mature second-growth redwoods and Douglas fir line the ridgeline, which younger second-growth redwoods dominate the lower slopes. Sempervirens Fund purchased an adjacent 160-acre property in 2010, which it continues to own and care for.

The Waterman Creek parcel is located west of Castle Rock State Park, and is surrounded by private forestland. The property is just upstream of Pescadero Creek, an essential creek for protection of Steelhead trout. Waterman Creek contains mature second-growth redwoods and scattered residual old-growth redwood trees. While BLM has retained the mineral rights over the 40-acres; Sempervirens secured a no-surface access clause to prevent any future mining from taking place.

A portion of the funding for the Butano Creek and Waterman Creek properties came through a grant from the Living Landscape Initiative Challenge Grant Program, administered by Resources Legacy Fund and funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Sempervirens Fund's purchase of the two properties, announced today, helps fulfill the Living Landscape Initiative's conservation goals in the Redwood Heartland — one of four priority landscapes targeted for land protection.

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Sempervirens Fund Partners with the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, Costanoa Lodge to Protect Land Near Big Basin Redwoods and Año Nuevo State Parks

The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, First People of the region between San Francisco Bay and Monterey Bay, will protect 96 acres of important coastal land near Costanoa Lodge in Pescadero, California, with a conservation easement arranged by Sempervirens Fund. This is the first conservation project for the Tribal Land Trust and the first time Sempervirens Fund has partnered with a tribal organization to protect an ecologically important area. The agreement announced today represents a new model for protecting wildlands for people, wildlife and future generations, while also protecting valuable cultural heritage.

To permanently protect this critical area, Costanoa Lodge, will transfer an existing conservation easement from American Land Conservancy to the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band — the State-recognized Tribal government and descendants of the indigenous peoples of the region. American Land Conservancy is transferring some of their easements to local conservation organizations and will be contributing $43,000 as an endowment for the ongoing stewardship and monitoring of the easement.

The protected property is located between Davenport and Pescadero, California, across Whitehouse Creek from Costanoa's main lodge, adjacent to Aņo Nuevo State Reserve and near Big Basin Redwoods State Park. The property is situated on the marine terraces and has a high degree of native grasses. The relatively intact coastal prairie is threatened, however, by succession to coastal scrub and encroaching Douglas Fir forest. The prairie is believed to have been maintained through traditional management practices by local indigenous people prior to European contact. Located upstream from this property is a site that is believed to be the "first contact" village site described by the Portola Expedition. The Amah Mutsun people hope to work with Costanoa Lodge staff to develop an innovative partnership to restore and care for the property, such as exploring opportunities to reintroduce traditional native land-management techniques.

Sempervirens Fund, California's oldest land trust, is providing expertise and technical assistance to the Amah Mutsun tribe in forming The Tribal Land Trust as a self-sufficient nonprofit conservation organization, through a generous grant from the Christensen Fund. Once formed, the Tribal Land Trust will be able to purchase, protect and care for natural lands in the Santa Cruz Mountains and throughout the Tribe's larger ancestral territory.

"This is a very important day for the Amah Mutsun people," said Valentin Lopez, Tribal Chairman. "As a landless tribe, we can now start to rebuild a more hopeful and healthy future for our children by protecting the sacred sites and landscapes that connect us to our past. With support from Sempervirens Fund, The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band is in the process of establishing an independent 501(c)(3) organization to acquire and steward land for conservation purposes within our historical geography. Our agreement with Costanoa Lodge is the first step in this process. The Tribal Land Trust will help preserve and create a future where all people may drink safely from clean flowing water and visit the land to make profound connections to the natural landscape that embodies the spirits of our ancestors and provides a portal to the larger universe."

"We are thrilled to help the Amah Mutsun establish a new conservation organization," said Sempervirens Fund's Executive Director, Reed Holderman. "The Tribal Land Trust will be an invaluable partner in protecting the natural and cultural resources of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Their ownership of this conservation easement is the first step in what we hope will be a long and effective partnership toward reassembling a healthy and accessible landscape between Silicon Valley and the Pacific Ocean, with clear-running streams, native plant-life and protected cultural sites."

The members of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band are the living descendants of Mutsun- and Awaswas-speaking peoples who have continuously occupied the greater Monterey Bay region for thousands of years prior to European contact. Their ground-breaking research at Quiroste Valley, a First Contact village site located near Costanoa Lodge, is fundamentally changing our understanding about how native people lived and how they managed the land around them. The Tribe was also successful in having this area designated as one of the first State Cultural Preserves dedicated exclusively to protecting Native Californian cultural resources.

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Preparations Begin for Sustainable Timber Harvest Plan (THP) For Small Portion of Cemex Redwoods

Sempervirens Fund and Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) have entered into a contract with Big Creek Lumber Company to prepare a timber harvest plan (THP) for 500 acres of working forest within the 8,500-acre CEMEX Redwoods property in Davenport.

POST and Sempervirens Fund acquired the property in 2011 from CEMEX, an international cement company based in Mexico. The two groups have recently completed a conservation plan that assures protection of unique and special natural resources on the property — including all remaining old-growth redwoods — as well as identifying areas appropriate for continued timber harvesting. The conservation plan reserves more than 65 percent of the property for resource protection, where preservation and restoration will be the primary goals. The remaining area — roughly 35 percent of the property — will be available for sustainable timber harvesting at levels below those currently allowed under state and local forest practice regulations.

"Our plan uses a light touch and includes extensive on-site restoration and enhancement measures to address past land management practices. Every dollar we receive from timber sales will be put back into improving the ecological health of the property," said Sempervirens Fund Executive Director Reed Holderman. "For example, under the plan we will allow some of the 72 miles of roads on the property to revert to a natural state, expand the riparian corridor, remove invasive plants, reduce erosion and water runoff from steep hillsides, and create fuel breaks to reduce the threat of fires."

"This is the first step in what will become a public process," said POST President Walter Moore. "Under this contract, Big Creek Lumber Company will prepare a Timber Harvest Plan for POST and Sempervirens Fund to review and approve before submitting it to CalFire, which will start the public review phase of the plan. Our intent is to meet with environmental and community groups before we file this plan to gain their support before we begin the formal permitting process." The area covered in the proposed THP is upstream of the existing quarry and includes approximately 500 acres of land in the upper San Vicente watershed. Sempervirens Fund and POST plan to harvest approximately 850,000 to 1 million board feet, with an estimated net revenue of $250,000 to $315,000 after harvest. All on-site restoration and enhancement measures will be paid for as part of this plan. Plan implementation could begin as early as 2014.

Big Creek Lumber currently maintains and provides site security on the CEMEX Redwoods property for POST and Sempervirens Fund, and has been selected to prepare the timber harvest plan based on their strong local forest management experience and knowledge of the property. Big Creek Lumber is a leader in sustainable timber harvesting and has operated in Santa Cruz County for more than 67 years. Bud and Lud McCrary, the company's founders, were also instrumental in establishing the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County, which is one of the five land conservation groups — including POST, Save the Redwoods League, Sempervirens Fund and The Nature Conservancy — that are part of the CEMEX Redwoods partnership.

"We are proud to be selected by Sempervirens Fund and POST to prepare the first timber harvest plan for the conservation partners on the CEMEX Redwoods property," said Janet McCrary Webb, President of Big Creek Lumber, "We plan a light harvest and will incorporate the 'cable yarding method', by which logs are picked up and transported via aerial cables to landing sites to ensure a minimum of soil disturbance. We will work with the partners to develop a harvest plan that fulfills their stewardship objective of protecting the watershed and to implement a variety of land enhancement measures."

The CEMEX Redwoods property was purchased by POST and Sempervirens as the first of several landscape connectivity projects through a unique collaboration to achieve critical large- scale conservation goals in the heart of coastal California. The effort, called the Living Landscape Initiative, includes the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County, The Nature Conservancy, POST, Save the Redwoods League, and Sempervirens Fund. Sacramento-based Resources Legacy Fund helped launch the effort using major support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

As part of the CEMEX Redwoods purchase, the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County and Save the Redwoods League will be purchasing a conservation easement over the property. The two organizations worked closely with Sempervirens and POST to prepare the conservation plan that has permanently reserved and protected 65 percent of the property for resource preservation and restoration.

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Forest at Redwood Meadows Ranch, Photo (c) Sempervirens Fund

Sempervirens Fund Protects 151 Acres of Redwood Forest Near Bonny Doon

Sempervirens Fund has purchased timber rights in Redwoods Meadows Ranch near Bonny Doon, protecting 151 acres of redwoods, including old-growth and second growth redwoods marked for harvest under a pending timber harvest plan (THP).

The property includes the headwaters of Mill Creek, which serves as an alternate source of drinking water for the town of Davenport, and is identified by Sempervirens Fund as a high priority for conservation. Protecting Redwood Meadows Ranch further connects the 8,500-acre CEMEX Redwoods, owned by Sempervirens Fund and Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST), and the 7,000-acre Coast Dairies owned by The Trust for Public Land. By protecting Redwood Meadows Ranch, Sempervirens Fund continues to reassemble the local redwood landscape and recreate a more vibrant and healthy redwood forest between Silicon Valley and the Pacific Ocean.

“The redwoods here were at imminent risk of being harvested and lost forever,” said Sempervirens Fund Executive Director Reed Holderman. &ldquoSempervirens Fund has never before purchased timber rights severed from fee title. But there is always a first for everything as we pioneer new.”

Redwood Meadows Ranch was created as a planned unit development in 1984 by Bill Cunningham. Cunningham retained timber rights over the property, and recently filed a THP over much of the redwood lands.

Local residents were eager to protect the redwoods and contacted Sempervirens Fund with a plan to purchase the timber rights. Individual members of the Redwoods Meadows Ranch Homeowner's Association contributed approximately half the funds to complete the $500,000 purchase.

“When we thought about protecting these redwoods, we thought of Sempervirens Fund,” said Homeowner’s Association President Pamela Koch. “We learned that Sempervirens Fund had identified the area as a high priority for protection, and we're both thrilled and grateful that they were able to negotiate a way to save these magnificent redwoods.”

“There were definitely a lot of strong feelings and competing interests involved in this transaction,” said sellers Robin and Bill Cunningham. “But Sempervirens Fund turned it into a win-win situation.”

You can read more in the article in the Santa Cruz Sentinel: More North Coast land falls under protection.

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Redwoods on Lachenbruch property, Photo (c) Sempervirens Fund

Sempervirens Fund Protects 76 Acres Adjoining Big Basin, Including Marbled Murrelet Habitat

Sempervirens Fund has purchased the Lachenbruch property—76 acres of coast redwood forest that include the headwaters of Whitehouse Creek, 115 pre-settlement old-growth redwoods, and documented nesting habitat for the marbled murrelet.

The creek and healthy old-growth redwoods on the Lachenbruch property provide habitat for the marbled murrelet, an endangered seabird that spends its life on the open ocean but nests in old-growth trees. The marbled murrelet is federally listed as a threatened species under the U.S. Endandered Species Act, and state-listed as an endangered species in California. In 2007, California Department of Fish and Game surveys determined that approximately 60% of the property was occupied as marbled murrelet nesting habitat.

The Lachenbruch property is surrounded on three sides by Big Basin Redwoods State Park and is located in the Whitehouse Creek watershed, a high-priority conservation area between Big Basin Redwoods and Año Nuevo State Parks. Sempervirens Fund’s goal is to protect the area’s redwood forests in order to expand protected habitat, create safe wildlife corridors, preserve watershed integrity, and open the possibility for establishing trail connections between the two state parks.

The Lachenbruch property is almost entirely covered by forests of coast redwood, Douglas fir, and hardwood trees such as tanoak, coastal live oak, and madrone. There are an estimated 115 pre-settlement old-growth redwoods on the property.

“My wife Edie and I have always felt incredible places like this should be protected forever,” said Art Lachenbruch, the landowner from whom Sempervirens Fund purchased the property. “We’re very grateful to Sempervirens Fund for stepping in to make this happen.”

“Over the past decade, we have forged a strong relationship with the Lachenbruchs, and we’re proud to have earned their trust,” said Sempervirens Fund Executive Director Reed Holderman. “The result has been a unique opportunity to permanently protect critical murrelet habitat, watershed integrity, old growth redwoods, and landscape connectivity.”

A portion of the funding for the Lachenbruch property came through a grant from the Living Landscape Initiative Challenge Grant Program administered by Resources Legacy Fund and funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Sempervirens Fund's purchase of the Lachenbruch property helps fulfill the Living Landscape Initiative’s conservation goals in the Redwood Heartland—one of four priority landscapes targeted for land protection.

You can read more in the article in the Santa Cruz Sentinel: Big Basin land purchase preserves redwoods, protects rare bird.

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Redwoods at Skylark Ranch Girl Scout Camp, photo by Dan Quinn

412 Acres of Redwood Forest, 1,400 Old‑Growth Trees,
and Two Girl Scouts Camps Protected!

In what is likely to become a more common model for land conservation across the U.S., Sempervirens Fund recently purchased conservation easements on two redwood properties in the Santa Cruz Mountains, both owned by the Girl Scouts of Northern California. The purchase of these easements will both permanently protect the important natural resources on the properties and provide much needed income to the Girl Scouts to keep these two camps operating.

A conservation easement is a valuable tool for land conservation groups. It is a legal agreement between a landowner and a land trust or government agency that permanently limits uses of land in order to protect its conservation values. It allows landowners to maintain ownership and use of their land and to sell or pass it on to heirs if they choose to do so. Even if ownership of the land changes, however, the easement remains in place, assuring that the resources on the land are protected in perpetuity.

Camp Butano Creek (142 acres) and Skylark Ranch (270 acres) are Girl Scout camps in the Santa Cruz Mountains that are nestled among redwoods and used year round to provide outdoor learning opportunities for girls and young women from across the Bay Area and beyond (map). The properties include cabins, fire circles, dining halls, and miles of hiking trails that weave through stunning coast redwood forests. The properties also include more than 1,400 old-growth trees, water resources, and critical habitat for the endangered central coast steelhead and marbled murrelet. But the camps, which have been in use since the 1950’s, are showing their age. In fact, the facilities on both properties are in need of immediate repairs and maintenance so costly that the Girl Scouts were considering shutting down the two camps and selling their properties, both of which are zoned for commercial timber harvest and residential development.

Sempervirens Fund provided the Girl Scouts with a better option: we purchased conservation easements that strip the properties of their development and timber harvest rights, ensuring permanent protection of their forests and other natural resources while allowing the Girl Scouts to retain ownership of the land, fund upgrades and maintenance of camp facilities, and continue camp operations. The purchase price of the easements, $2.86 million, will provide income needed to keep the camps operating well into the future. Partial funding for this project came from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and was provided through Resource Legacy Fund’s Living Landscape Initiative Challenge Grant Program.

Protection of the redwood forests on these properties also helps to further Sempervirens Fund’s efforts to connect protected landscapes and create one Great Park in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Camp Butano Creek borders Butano State Park and Skylark Ranch borders Año Nuevo State Reserve and is only one parcel away (500 feet) from Big Basin Redwoods State Park.

For more details about this project, read our press release and the SFGate blog post by Marina Park, CEO of Girls Scouts of Northern California.

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Redwood at Lagomarsino, Photo courtesy by Kelly Runyon

Another Successful Partnership to Protect Redwoods

In partnership with the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, Sempervirens Fund recently completed two land transactions that expand the District’s 2,817-acre El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space Preserve by 89 acres and save 240 old-growth redwood trees, some of which were slated for logging.

The newly protected properties are both adjacent to El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space Preserve, located just west of the town of Woodside off Skyline Boulevard. The addition of the properties—the 31-acre Lagomarsino property and the 58-acre Gallaway property—to the Preserve protects some of the largest redwoods remaining in the Santa Cruz Mountains, expands a well-used public preserve, and provides the opportunity to further protect special status species including the marbled murrelet, California red-legged frog and steelhead.

This protection project also implements the conservation goals in the Redwood Heartland, one of four priority landscapes targeted for protection through the Living Landscape Initiative. Funding for the Gallaway property came from a $425,000 grant From The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation through Resources Legacy Fund’s Living Landscape Initiative Challenge Grant Program. In addition to aiding in the purchase of the Gallaway property, a portion of this grant will support the District’s initial stewardship of both properties.

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Living Landscape Initiative Focus Area

Living Landscape Initiative
Local Land Trusts Collaborate to Protect 80,000 Acres Surrounding Silicon Valley

We are proud to announce that Sempervirens Fund is collaborating with The Land Trust of Santa Cruz County, The Nature Conservancy, Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST), and Save the Redwoods League in an effort to create a vibrant and sustainable living landscape in the heart of coastal California. This effort, the Living Landscape Initiative, seeks to protect the area’s unique natural benefits and beauty, which are essential to nourishing the social and economic engine of Silicon Valley. Sacramento-based Resources Legacy Fund helped launch the effort using major support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and The David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

The Initiative’s goal is to protect 80,000 acres over the next 20 years between Mount Hamilton and South San Francisco, focusing specifically on the Redwood Heartland, Coastal Lands, the Pajaro River Corridor, and Essential Linkages. Within the Redwood Heartland, the area in which Sempervirens Fund has been working for over 110 years, the Initiative seeks to protect 30,000 acres of working forests, old-growth, and forestlands valued for their natural resources and scenic beauty.

Collaboration is critical to an undertaking of this size and will allow partner organizations to leverage each other’s tremendous and varied expertise. The Initiative is supported by a generous $15 million 3-to-1 challenge grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. The Moore Foundation’s challenge, which must be met within the next three years, will help the five partner organizations raise an additional $45 million to support protection and stewardship of the vast open spaces, broad biodiversity, productive working lands, and dramatic natural beauty that make our region so unique. To learn more, visit To support Sempervirens Fund’s Living Landscape Initiative conservation projects, you can donate securely online. If you prefer to fax or mail your gift, please click here to download a donation form as a PDF.

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Campfire Center, Big Basin

Big Basin’s Campfire Center Restored

After years of work, Big Basin Redwoods State Park’s historic Campfire Center has been fully restored. The restoration project was funded with over $275,000 in funds allocated by Sempervirens Fund’s Board of Directors, including a $50,000 grant from the Jeangerard Foundation. The Campifire Center includes a covered stage, 139 redwood benches, and a huge fire ring that provides light fo the free and unforgettable nature and history shows put on by Big Basin staff. The restoration project involved replacing all of the damaged benches with new ones made from naturally downed redwood trees, milled on site at the park. To read the Mercury News article about this restoration project, click here. To get a schedule of upcoming State Park programs at the Campfire Center, please call (831)338-8883 or visit

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Redwoods in Gazos Creek Watershed

Sempervirens Fund Makes Another $100,000 Grant for Redwood Climate Change Study

Sempervirens Fund’s Board of Directors recently approved a $100,000 grant to support Save the Redwoods League’s Redwoods and Climate Change Initiative. This is the second $100,000 grant that we have given in support of this important project. The Redwoods and Climate Change Initiative is designed to help us to better understand the impacts of climate change on California’s redwoods and to plan adaptation and mitigation strategies. Click here to learn more about this initiative.

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Sempervirens Fund Earns National Recognition

It's official! Sempervirens Fund has been awarded accreditation by the Land Trust Alliance’s (LTA) Accreditation Commission! The Commission awards this accreditation to land trusts that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands. Accredited land trusts are able to display a seal indicating to the public that they meet national standards for excellence, uphold the public trust and ensure that conservation efforts are permanent. Sempervirens Fund is one of only 130 land trusts nationwide and one of only 15 land trusts in California that are accredited. We are honored to be part of the select group of organizations that have received LTA recognition.

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Sempervirens Fund Receives
Great Reviews!

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