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OpenRoad with Doug McConnell

June 11, 2021

Join OpenRoad with Doug McConnell to explore natural land and park gems, including episodes featuring lands Sempervirens Fund protects, right here in the Bay Area.

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Big Basin, courtesy Nic Coury, Associated Press

Statement on Big Basin and Governor’s California State Budget Revisions

May 14, 2021

Today Governor Gavin Newsom announced his administration’s revised fiscal year 2022 budget proposal, which included significant, necessary, and welcome increases in funding for Big Basin Redwoods State Park.

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Mill Creek Dam, San Vicente Redwoods. Photo credit: Ian Bornarth

NEWS: CEMEX Agrees to Removal of Dam at Mill Creek in Santa Cruz Mountains

April 28, 2021

Sempervirens Fund announced that they have secured approvals and critical post-fire funding to remove a dam from Mill Creek. CEMEX, the former owner of what is now San Vicente Redwoods, retains water and infrastructure rights on the property, and approved the dam removal. Deconstruction will begin later in 2021.

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Funding for Big Basin’s Future and Santa Cruz Redwood Forests

April 20, 2021

Work has already begun–at Big Basin and throughout the region–to recover from the devastation of the wildfires. As we look ahead to what comes next, we need your help. We created the Santa Cruz Redwoods Restoration Fund to restore redwoods throughout the Santa Cruz mountains affected by the wildfires And we created the Big Basin’s Future Fund to support the planning, designing, and rebuilding efforts that will shape the park’s future.

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Wildflowers After Wildfire

April 14, 2021

The Santa Cruz Mountains are a rich and dynamic place with diverse habitats and landscapes rising from the shores to the ridges. In this guide you can explore three key plant communities – Santa Cruz Sandhills, Chaparral, and Redwood Forest – and the special flowers, plants, and trees to look for as fire-scarred landscapes reset and rebound. Photo by James Maughn.

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Land Trust Accreditation: Your Comments Welcome

March 29, 2021

Land trust accreditation recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Sempervirens Fund is pleased to announce it is applying for renewal of accreditation. A public comment period is now open.

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The Life and Times of Pumas

February 4, 2021

Pumas thrive when they can range from mountain top to mountain top. Unfortunately, in the Santa Cruz Mountains, their range is interrupted frequently, making it difficult for the species to survive. In fact, only 40 pumas are known to be active in the region. We have a lot of work to do to protect and expand their habitat, but how do pumas develop and grow? Read about the life cycle of pumas and their families over time.

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Big Basin: Honor its Past, Build it to Last

February 4, 2021

If you love Big Basin, please consider this: rebuilding Big Basin can pioneer a new model for California’s state parks, just as Big Basin accomplished more than a century ago. We believe that in this moment of indelible transformation, Big Basin can lead the way for the California State Park system to enter into a new era of public parks–one that is desperately needed. 

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The Natural Healing Power of Fire

January 27, 2021

Fire heals nature, but when we experience catastrophic wildfires in our communities, we are inclined to fear fire’s destruction. This is understandable. We are accustomed to thinking of fire only in terms of loss, and when our lives, property, and possessions are at risk, fire can be a threat to take very seriously.

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Redwoods, Pumas, and People

January 26, 2021

Pumas (Puma concolor) are the native mountain lions and bobcats, also known as panthers, cougars, or catamounts. The extensive ranges pumas need for territory, hunting and breeding is one reason why it’s so important to have large intact habitats with connected wildlife corridors. Roads and new development that fragment habitat are the biggest threats to pumas.

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