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Monitoring Wildlife for Healthy Forests

November 25, 2022

While the size and majesty of a coast redwood often dominates the landscape, like all ecosystems, there is so much more than meets the eye–a complex, delicate, and intricate web of life comprised of the reciprocity of thousands of life forms from the microorganisms in the soil, fungi and insects, to the plants, trees, and wildlife. What can monitoring wildlife on the land, water, and air tell us about recovery and recreation in the forest? Read on to learn more.

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Redwoods and Climate In Our Hands by Jane Kim, Ink Dwell

Redwoods and Climate Part 3

November 7, 2022

In the third part of a new series by Julia Busiek about the impacts of climate on redwoods, we explore how human-caused conditions that led to the CZU fire have been building since the beginning of European colonization, and what, if anything, can be done to prevent it from happening again.

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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

October 4, 2022

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

September 22, 2022

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

September 21, 2022

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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NEWS: Sempervirens Fund Celebrates $15M in Donations for Capital Campaign: Redwoods Now, For All, Forever

September 15, 2022

$15M Redwoods Now, For All, Forever campaign funds will help protect more than 1,000 acres of critical redwood forests including Camp Jones Gulch and the Gateway to the Big Basin.

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Back to (Nature) School

September 6, 2022

Whether it’s camping, hiking, going to the beach, or attending camp, connecting with nature doesn’t have to end with summer. In fact, it’s incredibly helpful to our physical, mental, and social health to maintain our connection to nature and experience it often. We spoke with outdoor educators at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History about resources to help us feed our curiosity and connection with nature.

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Family circles of coast redwood trees, their bark gray from the 2020 CZU fire but covered in the bright green fuzz of new growth, stand tall against a bright blue sky in Big Basin State Park in 2022

Big Basin Returns

August 29, 2022

In July 2022, Big Basin re-opened its gates, and as we see our way past the two-year anniversary of the CZU fire, people are visiting once more. We talked to staff and interns about their experiences and spoke with our director of conservation about our work at the park and at a newly acquired nearby property that may well have a role in the park’s future.

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Counselor leads youth hiking to the Valley of the Giants at Camp Jones Gulch. Boys look up toward gisant redwoods with awe and smiles on their faces.

Camp Jones Gulch: Childhood Connections Create Conservationists

August 14, 2022

Camp Jones Gulch has sparked a passion for the outdoors for thousands of young people. We talked with campers and the Y of San Francisco’s outdoor education leaders about how protecting Camp Jones Gulch protects critical, diverse habitats, and outdoor education and opportunities with exponential impact for the environmental movement.

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Climate And Redwoods Tree Rings With Increments By Ink Dwell

Redwoods and Climate Part 2

July 28, 2022

In the second part of a new series by Julia Busiek about the impacts of climate on redwoods, we explore emerging research into tree rings and tree morphology and what it may mean for redwoods—and us—in an increasingly volatile climate.

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