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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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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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Exploring the diverse ecosystems and marvels of coast redwood forests can be a rich, rewarding, and life-changing experience. But not everyone feels welcome in nature or comfortable visiting our region’s parks. We believe everyone deserves safe, welcoming, and inclusive access to the coast redwood forests of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

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Learn what benefits stewardship brings to redwood forests. Stewardship has been a popular word for some time, and, although Sempervirens Fund staff have gotten pretty familiar with it, we want to make sure you know what we mean when we say “stewardship.”. After all, it is because of you that we are able to steward redwood forestlands, an activity that is at the core of our mission. Stewardship can comprise a whole host of activities associated with caring for the land.

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On day one, in one of his first actions as President, Joe Biden rejoined the Paris Climate Agreement. We hope this marks the beginning, and not the end, of the Biden Administration’s efforts to make the investments necessary to reduce America’s greenhouse gas emissions and enhance the resilience of our natural and human communities.

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NEWS: Sempervirens Fund and Save the Redwoods League have raised $543,000 to date for California State Parks and the massive recovery effort at Big Basin Redwoods State Park. The first disbursement of $200,000 will primarily support staffing and equipment costs for removing damaged and fallen trees that pose a hazard to other trees, personnel and future visitors.

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Share your memories of Big Basin In August 2020, a widespread lightning storm ignited fires in the Santa Cruz mountains. The fires, centered in the historic Big Basin Redwoods State Park, merged into what became the 86,000-acre CZU Lightning Complex. This wildfire was ferocious and intense. Thousands were displaced, thousands of homes were destroyed, and…

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The future of redwood forests in the Santa Cruz Mountains is in your hands. Wildfires in 2020 have burned over more than 86,000 acres of land, and redwoods recovery efforts have begun. Your #GivingTuesday gift today will be triple-matched and will have an immediate impact restoring redwood forests in the region. This is a turning point…

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