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13. Almost looking like a snow-covered mountain vista, bare blackened stems and trunks rise up from mountain ridges white with ash stretch out of sight with just a small grouping of trees in the center right whose upper canopies managed to survive the fire, by Ian Bornarth

California Climate Bond

April 8, 2024

With increasingly severe fires, floods, and sea level rise affecting the state each year, California should be rapidly investing to deploy climate mitigation measures and strengthen its resiliency as soon as possible. Ask your legislators to act on a climate bond in 2024.

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foggy mountains behind mature trees, by Mike Kahn

America the Beautiful

April 1, 2024

The vision for protecting and restoring 30% of America’s land and waters by 2030 has a ways to go. Urge state leadership to prioritize conserving and restoring lands, waters, and wildlife.

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Photos of Juan Benitez, Marimo Berk, and Brad Lewis appear as polaroid photos

NEWS: Sempervirens Fund welcomes three new members to its board of directors

March 28, 2024

Juan Benitez, Marimo Berk, and Brad Lewis join our board of directors to help lead the conservation efforts of California’s first and oldest land trust.

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Epiphytes, including different species of lichen and moss, grow in different shapes and shades of green on an old growth redwood called Methuselah in the Santa Cruz mountains, by Orenda Randuch


March 27, 2024

You may know redwoods hold mini ecosystems on their branches, but did you know a lichen on just one of those branches is a micro ecosystem of its own? Climb into the hidden biodiversity of redwood forests with lichenologist and curator of The Lichenarium at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Dr. Rikke Reese Næsborg.

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World Wildlife Day: Take the Poll

March 1, 2024

Celebrate World Wildlife Day by voting for your favorite creature—from banana slugs to Townsend big-eared bats—in the redwood forests you help us protect.

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Mushrooms of different sizes, shapes, and colors found at San Vicente Redwoods lie on a white sheet for mycologist Maya Elson to identify, by Orenda Randuch

Fungi of the Forest: Meet the Mushrooms of San Vicente Redwoods

February 22, 2024

Mycologist and researcher Maya Elson teamed up with photographer Orenda Randuch for a fungi photo essay to help us meet the mushrooms hard at work at San Vicente Redwoods. Learn identification tips to recognize mushrooms above ground, and their critical work underground to help the forest recover from fire, drought, flood, and human impacts in the fight against climate change.

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Image of redwood forest in the Upper Zayante watershed near Felton, Ca. Photograph by Orenda Randuch.

Sempervirens Fund permanently protects 120 acres in Santa Cruz mountains’ Upper Zayante watershed

January 4, 2024

Late in 2023, Sempervirens Fund permanently protected 120 acres in Santa Cruz mountains’ Upper Zayante watershed. The Isabel Upani conservation easement, donated to Sempervirens Fund by private landowners, guarantees protection of the more than 67 acres of redwood forest.

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Looking up a sun-dappled, lush forested slope covered in redwoods, ferns, and mosses at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, by Orenda Randuch

2023 News: What You’ve Made Possible

December 13, 2023

Without supporters like you, fewer forests would be protected and habitats restored, and they would be less resilient to fires, floods, and the increasing threats from our changing climate. You have made so many amazing things happen this year for redwood forests, and the people, plants, and creatures that need them. Thank you for protecting forests that help protect us all! Here are a few of the moments you made possible in 2023.

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A group of five vertical panoramas shows a healthy old-growth redwood tree pre-fire on April 28, 2017 and as a charred standing snag post-fire from February 18, 2021 as the forest floor and surrounding redwoods recover with green growth through June 3, 2023, by Ian Bornarth

Awakening of the Silent Forest

December 6, 2023

See the resurgence of forest life after the 2020 CZU Fire through photographer Ian Bornarth’s lens. Over three years, Bornarth visited Santa Cruz mountain redwood forests every few weeks to capture their recovery and has captivated us with documentation of their resilience and signs of new beginnings.

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Portrait image of Sempervirens Fund's Director of Government Relations Rachel Dann standing in front of a coast redwood tree.

Rachel Dann joins Sempervirens Fund as Director of Government Relations

November 19, 2023

Contact: Matt Shaffer, 415-609-2750, Santa Cruz, Calif. (Dec. 19, 2023) – Sempervirens Fund, California’s first and oldest land trust, has hired Rachel Dann, a key aide to many notable…

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