photo by Hasain Rasheed
Putting the Pieces Together
Since 1900, the land in and around what is now Big Basin Redwoods State Park has been a priority for Sempervirens Fund to protect. Sempervirens Fund launched the redwoods conservation movement with the initial campaign that established Big Basin and launched the California State Park system in 1902. Over many decades we have protected most of the parks’ more than 18,000 acres. In the 1980s, the Road to the Redwoods campaign culminated in protecting land which expanded the southern entrance to the park.
Now with the Campaign to Preserve the Gateway to Big Basin, we continue our commitment to protecting redwood forests, for Big Basin, and in the Santa Cruz mountains. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to secure the future of critical forests and waterways—home to countless species—and connect to Big Basin Redwoods State Park, for generations more to enjoy.
Once clear-cut and later heaped with debris, the Gateway to Big Basin’s 153-acres of second-growth forest is healthy, laced with creeks, canyons, meadows, and a spring. It is also the scenic setting leading into Big Basin Redwoods State Park. The Gateway's proximity to the state’s oldest park makes its precious resources all the more paramount to protect. Just as redwoods are stronger together—shielding, anchoring, and nurturing one another—so too are the forests, waterways, and habitats. By protecting connected lands the collective health and resilience of the forests, watersheds, and wildlife can better withstand challenges ahead, like drought, fires, and higher temperatures.
With so much at stake and under unprecedented circumstances, what can we do to make sure that the Gateway’s precious resources are protected and can help the forests of the Santa Cruz mountains endure the climate challenges ahead?
Our Land Team shares with us five key reasons the Gateway to Big Basin is worth preserving, for Big Basin, for wildlife, for all, forever.
Reimagining Big Basin
The road to Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Highway 236, winds right through the Gateway to Big Basin’s forested ridges making it the scenic entranceway to California’s oldest state park. Preserving the Gateway property will not only protect the scenic entrance and its resources forever, it also is a critical piece increasing options for future park visitor services as California State Parks is Reimagining Big Basin after the CZU fire.
Imagine hiking and camping experiences for all among the Gateway’s forests, creeks, and meadows. California State Parks have indicated that this property aligns with their expectations for the future of the adjacent Big Basin Redwoods State Park, as they plan for its recovery from fire, reopening the park to the public, and management of both the park’s natural resources and recreational and interpretive experiences.
To ensure that the Gateway to Big Basin is protected, forever, for forests, wildlife, Big Basin, and for us all, we need your help. Support our campaign today and help to purchase the Gateway to Big Basin by January 31, 2022.
Read more about Reimagining Big Basin.
photo by Hasain Rasheed