Risks & Threats

Once Paved, Forever Lost

Unless we act now, the last chance to reclaim our local redwood lands for the wild – and for us — will slip through our fingers. These next few years are crucial. Together we can win decisive victories for the ancient redwood forest right now.


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 from fragmentation and deforestation.

With more people and businesses coming into Silicon Valley and the Bay Area, the pressure will intensify to cut up the land in the Santa Cruz Mountains in irreversible ways. Right now we can win decisive victories for the redwood forests – or we can lose this chance for everyone, forever.

It’s crucial to have a strong local organization – Sempervirens Fund – leading the way every day to protect, expand and care for the local redwood forests. And, it’s equally crucial to have a large, enthusiastic community of people supporting this work.

Sempervirens Fund succeeded in keeping the 8,500-acre CEMEX property (now San Vicente Redwoods) safe because we moved faster than any real estate company or timber company. The property was valued at $30 million. We called on local foundations and land trusts to partner with us, and we completed the transaction in only 90 days while meeting all of the seller’s requirements.

Coast Dairies, a 7,000-acre property located on a gorgeous stretch of the Pacific Ocean north of Santa Cruz, attracted a Las Vegas-based real estate company that had grand plans for building 139 luxury homes there. One of our partners purchased and protected Coast Dairies in 1998.

If we don’t protect the local coast redwood lands for future generations, our children and grandchildren and future generations will not have the chance to enjoy them – nor the choice to protect them. Right now we need to (1) permanently protect as much of the remaining redwood forest as we possibly can, (2) connect scattered pieces of forest into a whole healthy ecosystem, and (3) educate, expose and inspire the next generations of redwood stewards. Donate Now!