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Causes: Environment, Forest Conservation, Land Resources Conservation

Mission:

The purpose of Sempervirens Fund is to protect and permanently preserve coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) forests, wildlife habitat, watersheds, and other important natural and scenic features of California’s Santa Cruz Mountains, and to encourage public appreciation and enjoyment of this environment.

Results: Since our founding in 1900, Sempervirens Fund has protected 34,000 acres of redwood forests; planted more than 93,000 trees; and built and maintained more than 60 miles of hiking trails in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Target demographics: Sempervirens Fund serves our partnering agencies and organizations, including California State Parks and Peninsula Open Space Trust; residents of the nearby communities of Boulder Creek, Felton, and the entire Bay Area; and countless thousands of visitors from around the world who come to experience the last remaining redwood forests on earth.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Many species of wildlife, flora, and fauna. Thousands of visitors and local residents.

Geographic areas served: Santa Cruz Mountains; Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, and San Mateo Counties

Programs:

Through Sempervirens Fund, donors can plant a tree, dedicate a redwood tree, or dedicate a grove of redwoods. Sempervirens Fund has a special arrangement with the California Department of Parks and Recreation through which donors to Sempervirens Fund can create personalized redwood tributes in the state parks of the Santa Cruz Mountains, helping create special memories while also preserving California’s redwood forests. http://sempervirens.org/tribute.php

 

Community Stories

69 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

John C.18

Donor

Rating: 5

After my wife of 55 years died, our family and friends dedicated a redwood in her memory. What else can I say about the beautiful redwoods?

1 Ann_72

Donor

Rating: 5

Love love love redwoods. I grew up in this area and my family camped at Big Basin almost every summer.

Sempervirens Fund’s mission is to protect these trees. They are an effective organization and I trust them to do what’s in the best interest of maintaining healthy and resilient redwood forests. For that, I am grateful.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My family loves Castle Rock State park and we learned that Sempervirens partners with the Park. We've been impressed by the facilities developed by Sempervirens for Castle Rock and by the educational family programing they have provided.

3 Elizabeth Ela S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My name is Liz and I'm from Poland.I live in Chicago for almost 20 years now. Seeing Giant Sequoias was always a dream of mine,and once I finally was in their presence I cried. Those majestic beings are breathtaking and their presence creates home for so many other species. Protecting those trees is a duty of all Americans since Sequoias and Redwoods only grow in North America.Please protect them for all of humanity! I was so happy once I found Sempervirens Fund ! They actually have results and it makes me feel less hopeless when I think about dissapearing forest.

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Donor

Rating: 5

A camping trip to Big Basin in the Santa Cruz mountains marked the first time our family explored a redwood forest. Our three children, ages eleven, eight and five had taken hiking trips with us throughout California's national parks but here we were in a fragrant forest of trees that stretched their red barked trunks straight up to the sky. It was a new experience. We were all captivated by their magnificance. More than any other forest we had visited, these forest giants, the coast redwoods known as sequoia sempervirens, seemed to be an expression of nature's grand mission.
One evening, at twilight, our family gathered 'round the campfire site with other fellow campers for a sing-along led by the ranger. We raised our voices in the soft mountain air along with others, the children laughed at the funny words and reveled in the joyful friendship surrounding us. But after a few songs, I was drawn again to the redwoods nearby, especially the family of trees just beyond the campfire. I broke away from the singers and found a place to stand in the giant tree's ancient circle. I felt sheltered by the tall trunks now smoothly rounded together. I was surrounded in a protective embrace. I looked up into their branches. The wonder of reddish bark and wood still standing over thousands of of years seemed to be giving me a deeper message. I was touched by their ability to multiply and stand shoulder to shoulder. Had Nature created a tree that would stand as a living symbol, a model for humans to imitate, to stand and survive? Was this circle of trees a revelation? Were they showing a deeper message, the importance of family?

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been donating to Sempervirens Fund since 1991, and volunteering with their stewardship program for about 3 years. Since helping start Big Basin Redwoods State Park, California's first State Park in 1902, they've continued to acquire and protect land, save our coastal redwoods, and provide access to all.

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Donor

Rating: 5

A friend worked with Sempervirens Fund to name a redwood tree in my husband’s honor shortly he passed away. I had never heard of Sempervirens Fund before, but quickly became a donor, too. Now, I’m a Redwood Ranger! Thank you, Sempervirens Fund. A great organization filled with great people!

2 Locols B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a donor and now a volunteer since 2001. Sempervirens Fund does very important work in preserving and taking care of local forests around the local urban area of Silicon Valley. In addition to this, the areas they help to protect (Big Basin Park, Little Basin Park, Butano Park, Castle Rock Park, and others) are wonderful recreation areas for many people. Within 1-2 hours, we can be camping in the redwoods or climbing rocks. What a privilege!

Also, the staff here are wonderful and caring in their work. It is really worthwhile for me to volunteer at SVF.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I lived up on Glenwood Drive for many years, and love the peace and serenity of the redwoods. I first became aware of Sempervirens Fund with their Lompico carbon project. I’ve moved to Campbell now, but wholeheartedly support the work of Sempervirens Fund, both as a donor and volunteer. The new Robert C. Kirkwood Entrance at Castle Rock State Park is amazing! Great work, Sempervirens Fund!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Sempervirens Fund is one of the oldest nonprofits in the history of environmental activism. Founded in 1900, it has been actively working to preserve the redwoods and other ecosystems in the Santa Cruz Mountains. We wholeheartedly support their work and encourage you to do so as well.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I can still remember my first time walking through a redwood forest. I felt an incredible sense of belonging, of peace, and of happiness, as I stood in awe of these majestic giants. I truly feel a part of my DNA is linked to these trees. That's why I support Sempervirens Fund. Their work in the Santa Cruz Mountains truly matters. They currently own and care for more than 11,000 acres there--that's three times the size of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco! Keep up the good work, Sempervirens Fund. All pictures taken at Big Basin Redwoods State Park--California's first state park, saved by Sempervirens Fund in 1900.

2 Apexa T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Awesome work done by this organization. Thankyou for giving me the opportunity for volunteering for tree planting at castle rock state park park. Every one enjoys hikes , runs , walks with nature, but building these forests is quite a lot of work. It takes 10 years for the plants we planted yesterday to turn into a full fledged tree. And minutes to cut them! Stop deforestation!! Let’s make earth greener again!! I look forward to be a part of more events of volunteering like this .

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sempervirens Fund is a primary reason why the south bay area still has such amazing redwood forests. They are dedicated professionals who care deeply about what they do, and do it well. They have long term sustainable plans in place that they communicate well to their supporters so that we feel like we are truly engaged in helping preserve the Santa Cruz redwoods.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sempervirens Fund does great work and does it well. I have been a volunteer and donor for about the last three years. I am consistently impressed by the professionalism of the staff and the quality of the work they do. Their annual picnic is a wonderful event in the Santa Cruz mountains that brings together people from many walks of life in one park to share outdoor stories and our hopes for the environment. All in all, a great organization to dedicate time or money to.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Redwood trees play an important role in the ecosystem of the Santa Cruz Mountains and Sempervirens Fund has been doing a great job of protecting them for the last 118 years. Inspiring others through their mission and commitment to providing access and recreational
opportunity in this unique part of the world.

2 anamarie

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sempervirens Fund is perhaps one of my all-time favorite non-profits. Great mission, friendly staff, and they just get things done. My family volunteers at their annual picnics every year. My dad isn't very mobile anymore, but this event is something he looks forward to. It's October and he is already talking about how he wishes it were summer so he can pour the beer. I thank the staff for accommodating my dad. They make him feel welcome and valued. How can I not love that? Thanks from the bottom of my heart.

2 Lee K.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Sempervirens Fund contacted me last year to give a talk about culturally modified trees in California. They did a fine job in promoting and hosting the talk. I'm extremely thankful for their interest in support of my work on fire mimicry. Speaking of fire mimicry, here are some recent results with redwoods . . .
Kind Regards,
Lee Klinger, MA PhD
Sudden Oak Life

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been a Sempervirens Fund board member for the past 24+ years because I strongly believe in the wildlands preservation that it accomplishes in our Santa Cruz Mountains. If you live in the greater Bay Area and donate, you will see the results!

Nick Wyckoff

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have worked with Sempervirens Fund as a board member for many years. It preserves wildlands in the Santa Cruz Mountains and usually provides public access to the acquired properties. I enjoy being able to use the newly opened trails with friends. Because Sempervirens efforts are focused locally, staff, volunteers and contributors can readily see and experience the consequence of its activities.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Sempervirens Fund helped me find the perfect redwood grove in Big Basin State Park to dedicate to my mother. Such a genuine, caring, and passionate staff committed to an important cause!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Sempervirens Fund enables the preservation of acres upon acres of redwood forest. While much of it is left in a wilderness state, in the last decade they have evolved to have a more active relationship with land that will be used for state parks. They intervened in 2012 to help keep Castle Rock State Park open in the face of state wide cuts. And they continue to work to upgrade Castle Rock with the new entrance that is in progress.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have donated to Sempervirens Fund as a Redwood Ranger monthly donor for several years now. I am consistently impressed by all the behind-the-scenes work that Sempervirens Fund does to protect redwoods and other wildlife in the Santa Cruz Mountains. They often partner with other, larger organizations with more name recognition, providing their intensive local expertise while not demanding the credit. I am proud to support them.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Sempervirens Fund is exactly the non-profit my family and I were searching for. We were looking for a way to remember and honor a beloved family member, while at the same time providing a small measure of support toward a much larger cause important to us, in this case the protection and preservation of California's coastal redwood forests. Sempervirens Fund invited us to fund a particular sequoia, a redwood tree in the Big Basin area of the Santa Cruz Mountains, designated as "our" tree, which we personally selected from among a number of trees nearby, and to plant a memorial stake at the base of that sequoia with a plaque inscribed with words of our choosing. Sempervirens Fund will assure that the memorial stake stays in place for years to come, certainly through the next several generations of our family at least. Indeed, we have invested in the right to plant other memorial stakes nearby, with their own plaques, to form a quiet, secluded grove for the extended family to visit and enjoy whenever they are able to do so. A special feature of Sempervirens Fund is that anyone, family or friend, can donate to any designated tree, and so remember especially a friend or family-member in perpetuity. We could not be happier with the opportunity that Sempervirens Fund has provided us for honoring a loved one while simultaneously supporting an enormously important earthly cause, the imperiled redwoods. Signed, Ted Dietz, of Kenmore, WA, July 14, 2017 (dietzted@comcast.net)

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Donor

Rating: 5

My late wife was a tree-hugger who loved redwoods and Big Basin. After her death from brain cancer in March 2014, her family worked with Sempervirens Fund to identify an appropriate site for the "Janette Kettmann Klingner Memorial Grove" in December 2016 and arrange its dedication and scattering of her ashes there in June 2017. From November 2016 to June 2017 their Tribute Giving Manager Amanda Krauss did it all. We are most grateful to her for tramping through Big Basin with me to identify an appropriate grove, arranging our charitable donation to Sempervirens Fund, shepherding its designation through the Calif Dept of Parks & Rec, arranging for State approval to scatter her ashes there, and being present at the grove dedication. Amanda Krauss, thanks!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a Trustee and supporter of Sempervirens Fund for over fifteen years. I am very proud of what this organization has accomplished, not just for the many mission focused initiatives it has successfully completed but also for the way it has gone about its business. The Board and staff of Sempervirens Fund serve, for me, as the model of an effective, efficient and well governed non-profit organization.

3 AlannaWao

Donor

Rating: 5

My family camped at Big Basin every year when I was growing up. Now I take my nieces and nephews to introduce a new generation to these magnificent trees. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the people who had the foresight to protect them. It would be an absolute shame for our country to lose such treasures.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

The Sempervirens Fund has been active in protecting land, educating people of all ages, as a model for many other conservation organizations and providing a beautiful and wonderful forest and open space experience for local people and those from around the world. There management, staff and volunteers are excellent and provide an unusually fine opportunity for many to learn and enjoy the forests.

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Donor

Rating: 5

By providing camp sites in Big Basin State Park they started a backpacking tradition for my son and I 35 years ago. Sempervirens is at the top of my list of charities for its aggressive pursuit of public lands and responsible logging.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

One of the greats. They have a clear vision and concrete goals, and a plan to achieve those fairly specific goals, so one can be assured of progress and clarity as the process unfolds.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Sempervirens Fund does work that lasts for generations. I give to the trees monthly as a Redwood Ranger because I KNOW that an overwhelming amount of my support goes towards programs that preserve, protect, and connect vital ecosystems in Northern California.

3 Land_Trust_Accreditation_Commission

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Sempervirens Fund is an accredited land trust. Accreditation means Sempervirens Fund meets national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Sempervirens Fund has demonstrated to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission its commitment to excellence. Accredited land trusts meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. These land trusts demonstrate their commitment to excellence by adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices, the ethical and technical guidelines for the responsible operation of a land trust, and meeting the accreditation requirements drawn from them. Learn More: http://www.landtrustaccreditation.org/about.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

If you met me, you'd never guess that I've never went on a hike until I was in my 20's (I'm a lover of nature) and my very first hike was at Big Basin. One of the first thoughts that ran across my mind was, "Wow. This is what I've been missing?!" All this in my own backyard (i.e. w/in a 30 mile radius) and to know that a place like this was that close made it that much more special. When I found out there was an organization that has a mission to protect places like Big Basin and the redwoods, it gave me a very comforting feeling. I truly hope Sempervirens will continue to protect these places and the wildlife that cannot protect themselves. Thank you Sempervirens!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sempervirens is an amazing organization that protects the Coastal Redwoods in the Santa Cruz Mountains. They are responsible for starting some of the best parks in the area such as Big Basin and Castle Rock. These parks and many others that Sempervirens has started not only protect these gigantic majestic trees, but also provide the community with a place to hike, camp, and enjoy nature. Even after protecting all these areas, they are continually working to protect more, both for the better of the environment as well as provide more areas for the public.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for Sempervirens a few times now. They are an amazing organization with great staff. Sempervirens started Big Basin as well as many other parks. They are continually creating parks and protected areas to preserve California for generations to come. As an avid outdoors-man, I would not have all the great places to hike, backpack, and camp without the outstanding work that Sempervirens does. If you are looking for an organization to donate your time and money to, you won;t be able to find many origranizations are more worthwhile.

3 Ty K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For me, Semper Virens protects the essential parts of our fabulous coastal forests. These huge and beautiful trees provide for every other living member of nature's bounty. I consider the soil, the water and the air to be the living warp and weft of the great fabric we call nature. These redwoods clean the air and water and hold the soil in place in addition to enriching their components. They provide an anchor for the flora and fauna that decorate this carpet of life and give us a gift of peacefulness and beauty that turns our prosaic existence into joyful bliss. The noblest response we can muster is to support this cause with our gifts and energies. To this end Semper Virens is the perfect vehicle of action.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've always had a special place in my heart for the redwoods of the coast range in Northern California. The Sempervirens Fund helps protect and preserve this precious resource for our kids and their kids someday. I've been particularly impressed with what Sempervirens has done over the years with Big Basin State Park. I'm an HP employee, and was glad to see Little Basin (which used to be a getaway for HP employees) move into the public domain, with help from the Sempervirens Fund and POST. Keep up the good work!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Sempervirens Fund has greatly contributed to the creation and expansion of many of the State Parks in the Santa Cruz Mountains. They developed a regional, science-based plan to guide their work to further expand and connect existing protected lands, in order to protect redwood forests, conserve biodiversity and wildlife connectivity, and create more opportunities for compatible public uses of the land in this important bioregion. Sempervirens Fund staff are hard working, dedicated, and innovative; the organization is highly collaborative, and works effectively with diverse groups including local, state, and federal agencies, other conservation organizations, private landowners, and the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band of Ohlone/Costanoan Indians--the native people of the region. I look forward to witnessing the next era of conservation in this region, which I call home.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love going hiking in the Santa Cruz Mountains. It was amazing to
encounter the beautiful redwoods in Big Basin. And I learned how
Sempervirens Fund was instrumental in protecting these trees back then
and how they continue to protect more of them today. It's such an
important mission and they undertake it with great dedication. I highly
recommend them as a place to donate or volunteer.