As reported March 26, 2019 in The Mercury News by Paul Rogers, Sempervirens Fund is helping Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) and Big Creek Lumber in a unique land partnership that will help save 937 acres of second-growth redwood forests. That’s the size of 710 football fields!
The Gazos Creek property–the portion that Sempervirens Fund will be managing–is 320 acres of large, second growth forest that includes scattered old growth trees and is directly adjacent to Butano State Park. It is considered critical habitat for the conservation of the endangered marbled murrelet. It sits within the Gazos Creek watershed, which is largely undeveloped and provides habitat for anadromous fish like Coho and steelhead.
Big Creek lumber has owned this property for 50 years but has never harvested it. POST will soon transfer the property to Sempervirens Fund; we will steward it until such time as it can be consolidated into Butano State Park. Acquisition of this property secures an important existing trail connection to the State Park. This is a rare chance to acquire a unique swath of Santa Cruz forest for inclusion into Butano State Park.
Learn more about this unique partnership here: https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/03/26/nearly-1000-acres-of-redwood-forests-preserved-in-11-million-deal/.