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Preserve the Gateway to Big Basin

153-acres of redwood forest along the entrance to Big Basin Redwoods State Park are at stake. We must act urgently to purchase and permanently protect the Gateway to Big Basin before January 31.

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Preserve the Gateway to Big Basin

Join Sempervirens Fund to preserve the Gateway to Big Basin. Together, we have the opportunity to permanently protect 153 acres of redwood forests and preserve a scenic approach into Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Donate by January 31 and your gift will be matched dollar for dollar up to $200,000.

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Gateway to Big Basin

Big Basin and now the Gateway to Big Basin are all crucial pieces in a more than century long puzzle to connect protected land and secure its forests, waterways, wildlife, and recreational opportunities for generations to come. But we can’t do it without the support of people like you. Read on to learn why the Gateway to Big Basin needs to be preserved by January 31, 2022.

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NEWS: Redwood Forests at Big Basin Entrance Slated for Conservation

On January 11, 2022, Sempervirens Fund announced that they have an agreement to purchase 153-acres of redwood forests in Boulder Creek, Calif., which will become a new scenic entrance to Big Basin Redwoods State Park along California Highway 236. Sempervirens Fund has launched a campaign to raise $2.86 million by January 31 to permanently protect the property.

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Removing a Dam, Restoring a Watershed


This video was produced by Resources Legacy Fund.

In September 2021, a defunct, century-old dam was removed from Mill Creek, in the San Vicente watershed, inland from Davenport, CA. This moment capped a decade of restoration efforts in the watershed at the southern end of San Vicente Redwoods, to bring back Coho salmon and improve redwood forest resiliency. Restoring the watershed has also helped the Amah Mutsun tribal band re-establish their relationship to the land and to their history. Their partnership and research deepens our understanding of what stewardship means, for forests, for water, and for everyone. We invite you to hear from the many voices of the Mill Creek dam story.

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We believe wild and thriving redwood forests can flourish again from Silicon Valley to the Pacific Ocean. With your help, we can establish a large, interconnected, and protected network of healthy trees and streams, stretching across public and private lands. Learn more.

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You can support healthy, vibrant redwood forests to take root in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Join today to preserve redwoods for many generations to come. Look for upcoming campaigns and keep informed about how you can get more involved. Thank you for being part of this epic journey forward.

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