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Coast Redwoods

Coast redwoods—Sequoia sempervirens—are the majestic guardians of California's most precious habitats and wildlife. With your support, Sempervirens Fund protects and preserves redwood forests in the Santa Cruz Mountains, ensuring a healthy and resilient balance of nature, now and always.

Just before the 1 year anniversary of the Mill Creek Dam removal, a fish survey was conducted on Mill Creek. Melisa Cambron Perez is pictured in a hat and sunglasses with a net in hand looking down for fish in the creek. Photo by Ian Rowbotham

Coho, Cobble, and Creek Beds: A Year After the Mill Creek Dam Was Removed

In 2021, a defunct dam on Mill Creek was removed after 100 years. Within a year of the San Vicente Redwoods dam coming down, habitat is being restored and wildlife–including coho salmon–are returning to the watershed.

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NEWS: Partners to Open First Phase of New Public Trails at San Vicente Redwoods

The first phase of an envisioned 38-mile multi-use trail system will open at San Vicente Redwoods on Saturday, December 3, 2022.

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Underground Allies Mycelium illustration by Rebecca Zwanzig, High West Wild

Underground Allies: The Importance of Fungi in Redwood Conservation

Redwood trees are world famous, and each year, their allure draws millions of visitors from around the world. What most park visitors overlook, however, is a lesser-known group of organisms whose biology is vital to survival of the trees. These organisms are fungi, and we would be wise to pay attention to them.

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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 in the video and read more about the dam removal here.

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