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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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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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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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Big Basin Redwoods State Park entrance sign

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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New growth sprouting in the redwoods after a fire

Evaluating Forest Health After a Fire Although the fires are no longer consuming the landscape throughout the Santa Cruz Mountains, we still grieve for the people in our community whose lives were in danger during the CZU Lightning Complex wildfires in August and September 2020. Our top priority has been the safety of people—living and…

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Big Basin Redwoods State Park before the wildfires from the CZU Lightening Incident

We are devastated to report that Big Basin, as we have known it, loved it, and cherished it for generations, is gone. Early reports are that the wildfire has consumed much of the park’s historic facilities. We do not yet know the fate of the park’s grandest old trees.

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Sempervirens Club’s Christmas Wish List in 1908 As the year 1908 drew to a close, Sempervirens Club found itself fighting to protect their great victory – the 1901 establishment of 3,800-acre California Redwood Park, which they had achieved after years of skillfully lobbying the California Legislature. As Christmas approached in 1908, members of the club were…

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Marbled Murrelet Water Takeoff

For decades, the marbled murrelet vexed biologists and birders. Scientists hypothesized that the seabird nested on cliffsides (like other members of the auk family), on islands, or in burrows. Some theorized that marbled murrelets lived under lakes, using underwater entrances like beavers. Despite years of systematic research, hordes of dedicated birders, and a $100 reward…

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by Amanda Krauss, Tribute Program Manager On one of my first visits to Big Basin Redwoods State Park I went to Sempervirens Falls. The 20-foot waterfall was gently flowing over the stone wall surrounded by moss covered tan oaks, Douglas firs and coast redwoods. I stopped and listened to the quiet sound of the water,…

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