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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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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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Work has already begun–at Big Basin and throughout the region–to recover from the devastation of the wildfires. As we look ahead to what comes next, we need your help. We created the Santa Cruz Redwoods Restoration Fund to restore redwoods throughout the Santa Cruz mountains affected by the wildfires And we created the Big Basin’s Future Fund to support the planning, designing, and rebuilding efforts that will shape the park’s future.

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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 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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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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If you love Big Basin, please consider this: rebuilding Big Basin can pioneer a new model for California’s state parks, just as Big Basin accomplished more than a century ago. We believe that in this moment of indelible transformation, Big Basin can lead the way for the California State Park system to enter into a new era of public parks–one that is desperately needed. 

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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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