Protecting Redwoods from Development
When Silicon Valley was covered with orchards about 60 years ago, who imagined that it would be paved over with corporate campuses, shopping centers and houses? The same is true for the orange groves that blanketed the land around Los Angeles. The future of the redwood forests in our backyard could look very different if we don’t act now to protect them.
Because Sempervirens Fund has been working in the region for more than 100 years, our relationships with local landowners and our conservation partners are deep and strong. With support from our donors and with public matching funds, we act quickly and decisively to permanently protect redwood forests as new opportunities arise.
Here’s how we protect and connect the local redwood forests:
We purchase land at fair market value from willing sellers and transfer the land to California State Parks or other local public agencies.
We work with private landowners to establish conservation easements that protect the natural and scenic resources on their forest lands, while keeping the properties in private ownership. The conservation easement protects the land’s natural and scenic resources without buying fee title to the property itself. Easements often limit building and other activities on the property, and the landowners receive compensation through a tax deduction or cash payment.
TIMBER HARVEST RIGHTS
Another way we protect the forest while keeping redwood land in private hands is to buy the timber harvest rights — and retire them.
To open up access to redwood forest lands and connect trails, we purchase access easements on private land. These easements help connect the existing redwood parks and expand hiking, biking and horseback riding opportunities.
GIFTS OF REAL ESTATE
We work with owners of redwood properties in the Santa Cruz Mountains who want to protect their property in perpetuity by donating it to Sempervirens Fund.
Learn more about what we’ve accomplished with your support throughout the years.