The future of redwood forests in the Santa Cruz Mountains is in your hands. Wildfires in 2020 have burned over more than 86,000 acres of land, and redwoods recovery efforts have begun.
Your gift today will be matched and will have an immediate impact restoring redwood forests in the region.
This is a turning point for the coast redwoods, the people who enjoy them, and the wildlife and habitats of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The lands we have known so well—and walked, saved, and sweated over with many of you—are transforming. Big Basin Redwoods State Park, beloved by millions worldwide, was at the heart of the devastation. More than 10,000 acres of redwood forests you have protected also burned over in the wildfires. It will take years for the redwoods to recover, but we are seeing signs of hope in the recovery already. But there is much work to do.
Our work in 2021 will reach far beyond Big Basin. Your matched gift today will not only restore damaged forests, but it will also add fuel breaks and make forests more resilient to climate change. This will help the forests on our properties withstand the next disaster, which is sure to come. This work will help wildlife like the marbled murrelet, Coho salmon, and mountain lions thrive in a healthy forest home. And as always, we will continue to buy and protect more forest landscapes.
Your generosity will ensure that the forests we protect will continue to rise to the skies. Your contribution will help our partners, including researchers and the Amah Mutsun and Muwekma Ohlone Tribes. Together, they will blend the latest science with the best practices of the past to improve forest management. And your gift today will create healthy, thriving redwood forests that will inspire future generations.