Our New Great Park Map
We are excited to provide new visual and descriptive context for the Great Park on our latest map. Complete map text below. Please also visit our Great Park web page for more information and how you can help.
Vision for the Santa Cruz Mountains
The Great Park is Sempervirens Fund’s long-term vision for a healthy redwood forest ecosystem in the Santa Cruz Mountains, where wildlife and people can continue to thrive long into the future. Our goal is to ensure that the region’s most critical natural features such as watersheds and redwood forests remain intact and are well cared for, regardless of who owns the land. The Priority Conservation Zones on the map above show the general areas of the Santa Cruz Mountains that contain resources essential to the long-term health of the redwood forest ecosystem yet do not currently have permanent conservation protections. We consider these areas to be conservation priorities due to factors such as biodiversity, proximity to other protected lands (important for wildlife corridors), forest size and condition (such as old growth redwoods – only 5% still exist), watershed integrity, and recreational opportunities (people protect what they connect with). Sempervirens Fund purchases or accepts donations of land for conservation by working cooperatively with willing landowners. Along with public parks and open space, private landowners who loyally steward their land are crucial to the region’s long-term health.