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Old-Growth: What it Means and Why it Matters

July 3, 2021

Of the 10,000 acres of old-growth redwood forests in the Santa Cruz Mountains, less than 1,000 acres remain unprotected in small, fragmented patches across the region. But what does old-growth really mean? Although old-growth has no one agreed upon definition, read on to learn more about what old-growth means for Sempervirens Fund and why it matters for the forests, wildlife, and people in and around the Santa Cruz Mountains.

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Songs to Inspire and Protect Our Planet

June 21, 2021

Climate change shows no signs of slowing down, and neither will those of us committed to curbing the crisis. Celebrate the beauty of the redwood forests all around us and get inspired to help protect it!

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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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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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The view from Ridge Trail in Castle Rock State Park

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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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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