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Aerial photography of the Saddle Mountain conservation area at the east entrance to Big Basin Redwoods State Park. This view looks west along California Highway 236 into Big Basin. The canopy is dominated by the crowns of redwoods, most of which were burned by the 2020 CZU wildfire. Photo by Jordan Plotsky.

NEWS: Sterrenzee Ridgetop Acquired to Expand Footprint of Big Basin Redwoods State Park Area Conservation

May 17, 2023

News: Sterrenzee Ridgetop Acquired to Expand Footprint of Big Basin Redwoods State Park Area Conservation

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Redwoods and Climate Part 4

May 10, 2023

In the final part of the redwoods and climate series by Julia Busiek, we explore research about how climate change is already affecting redwoods across their range, and how it informs our new plan to save redwoods, and the plants and wildlife that rely on them, before its too late.

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Looking up from the burled base of an old-growth redwood trunk the plate-like bark stretches up to a reiterated trunk stemming off and growing up toward the green canopy above where the sun shines through younger trees rising up to meet the blue sky, by Canopy Dynamics

Ancient Trees in a Modern World

April 4, 2023

Can thinking of redwoods differently help us give care to young things that might grow old in the face of climate change before it’s too late? Thanks to historian and author Jared Farmer, we are expanding our vocabulary for describing and understanding what he calls “Elderflora,” which is also the title of his new book that trace’s ancient plant life’s intersection with our modern human world.

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A rough barked trunk of a redwood tree looms large rising up from the lower left to the sky textured by the leafy canopy of the surrounding forest cast golden orange and dark green tones

Earth Month of Action

March 31, 2023

As we grapple with a changing climate, the need to take action for the 52nd Earth Day on April 22 feels more urgent than ever. We have put together a calendar of 30 actions—from planting a native garden to experiencing forest bathing—you can take throughout the month to protect the natural world close to you. Learn about this week’s actions to help make a bigger impact together!

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Thin white threads of mycelium cross, tangle, and create a web woven through dark soil, photo by Kirill Ignatyev

A Tangled Web: Redwoods, Colonialism, Eugenics, and Climate Change

February 15, 2023

Many people may not realize when walking among redwood forests that their conservation is tied up in a natural and social history that is as complex as the trees are visually spectacular. It is precisely the traits that give the redwoods their splendor that led to one particularly nefarious argument for their conservation—the then-emerging field of eugenics. Read on to learn more about how eugenics is entangled with the history of redwoods conservation.

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DEIJ Reading List

February 15, 2023

As we work to achieve our mission to protect redwoods and create public access to lands, it is critical to center Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ) across all of our work. As we move forward on this journey, our staff have shared some of the books that have served as guideposts for their own DEIJ journeys as we embark on this work together.

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Stems of native seedlings bare from winter rise out of black cone shaped pots at the UCSC Greenhouse by Orenda Randuch

The Seedling Saga

January 24, 2023

Plant a native plant and habitat is restored! Right? The saga of these seedlings, five years in the making, offers a look at the deceptively difficult process and planning that come before planting and the seemingly endless problems that stand between their roots and restoring native habitat.

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10 Ways Nature Helps You Saratoga Gap Trail By Mkhan

Ten Ways Nature Can Help You Have a Healthy 2023

January 1, 2023

The new year often brings contemplation, motivation and resolution for greater health and happiness. In 2023, consider adding nature to your list. Nature encounters can be big, bold adventures, or family-friendly and free. There is something for everyone in this list of ten reasons, doctor’s orders, to opt outdoors this year:

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Semperviresn Fund staff on a trail at Camp Jones Gulch by Canopy Dynamics

NEWS: Camp Jones Gulch Protected

December 15, 2022

Sempervirens Fund and The Y of San Francisco finalize permanent protection of Camp Jones Gulch, including old-growth redwoods in the Santa Cruz mountains.

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Story of a Seedling

December 5, 2022

Seeds–the size of a tomato’s–can grow into the tallest trees on earth, restore the footprint of a decimated forest, and help support life–of plants, animals, and people–for thousands of years. But it won’t be easy. Many challenges lie in waiting first. Read on for the story of a redwood seedling plucked from its home to grow safely, only to return and valiantly help restore the forests and habitats of San Vicente Redwoods.

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