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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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Help Restore Forests Join Sempervirens Fund in Emergency Funding for Big Basin Redwoods State Park California State Parks will need immediate support to make Big Basin accessible, and to plan for longer-term recovery efforts. Redwood forests throughout the Santa Cruz Mountains, and the wildlife that depend on them, have been impacted by these wildfires. 100%…

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

Wildfires are often the tragic manifestation of our global climate crisis. While we cannot be certain that is the case here, it seems likely that this global crisis has struck close to home. This past weekend’s extraordinary weather event, with thousands of lightning strikes, wreaked havoc and destruction on California’s forests and communities and choked our air. Tens of thousands of acres of land are ablaze, hundreds…

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On February 27, 2020, Sempervirens and its partners Peninsula Open Space Trust and Save the Redwoods League teamed up with Cal Fire to perform a prescribed burn on the San Vicente Redwoods property, protected by you since 2011. Cal Fire crews managed to burn nearly 22 acres, connecting to a 7-acre area burned in fall…

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The Bear Fire, which began as a structure fire on private property roughly six miles east of Boulder Creek, is expected to be 100 percent contained by the end of this week, according to Cal Fire officials. In total, the fire burned almost 400 acres, destroyed four structures and injured nine firefighters. The fire burned within…

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