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How do redwoods survive wildfire? A view of Big Basin Redwoods State Park in Boulder Creek on April 22, 2021. Most of the park burned in 2020's CZU Complex wildfire. Photo by Max Whittaker courtesy of Save the Redwoods League

How Redwoods Survive Wildfire

September 21, 2018

With increased wildfires here in California, are redwoods vulnerable? Fortunately redwoods are incredibly resilient, helping them live to over two thousand years old. One characteristic of old-growth redwoods is signs of fire scarring. Learn how redwoods survive fire.

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Clematis Removal Project Underway in San Vicente Redwoods

June 12, 2018

DAVENPORT >> This week, Sempervirens Fund will begin work with Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST), Save the Redwoods League and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to treat and…

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Proposition 68 Passes

June 6, 2018

June 6, 2018 >> Prop. 68, The Clean Water and Parks Act, has passed with roughly 56 percent of the vote. A major contributor to the Yes on 68 Coalition,…

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In Memoriam Bob Kirkwood :: 1939-2017

January 9, 2018

  Bob Kirkwood, dedicated environmentalist and passionate supporter of Sempervirens Fund, passed peacefully on Dec. 10, 2017 in Palo Alto with his wife Edie and sons at his side. In…

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Amphitheater Construction Underway at New Robert C. Kirkwood Entrance!

January 5, 2018

We are probably the only people in California that were pleased to have no rain in December. The dry weather allowed for some significant construction progress at the new Robert…

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Sempervirens Club’s Christmas Wish List in 1908

December 18, 2017

Sempervirens Club’s Christmas Wish List in 1908 As the year 1908 drew to a close, Sempervirens Club found itself fighting to protect their great victory – the 1901 establishment of…

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Rain Sorcery: A Wyrd Hike with Newts

November 9, 2017

By Ryan Masters, Sempervirens Fund (Originally published Nov. 26, 2014 in Hilltromper) The eyes of a California Newt are black slits set into saffron orbs. Gaze into them and you…

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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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