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Searching for the Tallest Second-Growth Trees

October 31, 2017

  A plane flies over the Santa Cruz Mountains and pummels the coast redwood treetops, which resemble a forest of imperfect romanesco broccoli, with lasers. Each laser bounces off its…

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The Bear Fire

October 25, 2017

The Bear Fire, which began as a structure fire on private property roughly six miles east of Boulder Creek, is expected to be 100 percent contained by the end of…

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John Felstiner and Poetry as Environmental Activism

October 23, 2017

Last February, the world lost John Felstiner, a great man of letters, a vocal defender of the natural world and a friend of Sempervirens Fund. Felstiner, professor emeritus of English…

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Tilford George Berry: The Ghost of the Gambling Hermit in Big Basin’s Berry Creek Falls

October 11, 2017

By Ryan Masters, Sempervirens Fund It is said if you stare long enough into the 70-foot curtain of water tumbling down Berry Creek Falls in Big Basin Redwoods State Park, you will…

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Construction is underway for the new Castle Rock Gateway

October 2, 2017

The first step in the construction process is demolition. For our project site, that mainly means removing a lot of Christmas trees from the previous agricultural operation.

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Opinion: California state parks are crumbling; how can we help?

September 14, 2017

Opinion: California state parks are crumbling; how can we help? By Sara Barth, Executive Director, Sempervirens Fund Insufficient and unpredictable annual operating funds have left California’s iconic and world-renowned state…

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Rally for SB-5 and AB-18 Draws Hundreds

August 31, 2017

Rally for SB-5 and AB-18 Draws Hundreds SACRAMENTO (Aug. 31, 2017) — Nearly 200 gathered on the east lawn of the State Capitol Wednesday afternoon for a rally in support…

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Marbled Murrelet Water Takeoff

Ornithology Mystery Solved at Big Basin

August 28, 2017

For decades, the marbled murrelet vexed biologists and birders. Scientists hypothesized that the seabird nested on cliffsides (like other members of the auk family), on islands, or in burrows. Some…

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Shrink at least 4 national monuments and modify a half-dozen others, Zinke tells Trump

August 24, 2017

After a four-month review of federal lands and waters, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says President Trump should modify 10 national monuments. By Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post Sept. 17, 2017 WASHINGTON D.C.…

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August 16, 2017

Cotoni-Coast Ridge provides habitat for the American badger, white-tailed kite, great horned owl and northern harrier. It falls within the nesting range of the endangered marbled murrelet. Mountain lions roam…

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