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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

58 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

2

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!

2

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.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have hiked extensively in the Santa Cruz mountains, but only in the last two years have I realized the importance of Sempervirens Fund in creating the state parks and preserving this wonderful resource for all the people living in Silicon Valley and the surrounding areas.

Since 1900 when Sempervirens Fund was founded, the donations to Sempervirens Fund have create Big Basin Redwoods State Park (the first state park in California), and Castle Rock State Park, and the fund is trying to create an uninterrupted wildlife corridors and an ecological preserve in cooperation with existing land owners, as well as by acquiring land as it becomes available.

This is important to our present as well as to our children's future.

Jim Mott, Oakland, CA

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor for around 14 years and now also a volunteer since 2013. Preserving and managing local redwood forest is so important for the present and the future. Sempervirens Fund does a great job to accomplish its goals. All the staff, board members and volunteers work very hard. Every cent of my donation is put to good use. I will keep on donating to Sempervirens Fund. Thank you so much.

2 Clark4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am so grateful to Sempervirens Fund for preserving the redwood forests of California and the wildlife habitat they provide.

The redwoods are an American legacy that held a storied place in my childhood, spent all the way across the country in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. My Granddaddy loves trees, and he loves none more than California's redwoods. He drove all the way across the country, twice, just to see them.

They are magical. Even if I had never had the joy of living in Santa Cruz and seeing them everyday, I would (and did) support the mission of preserving them for future generations. Thank you Sempervirens!

3 Traci7

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

When my husband and I first met almost 20 years ago, we went hiking most weekends. We'd go to Big Basin, Waddell Creek, Fall Creek or Wilder Ranch, often coming out at dusk. Our partnership was forged on those long walks as we talked, laughed and wondered together.

Today we have an outdoor recreation website that we started precisely because we wanted to share our enthusiasm for and love of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Naturally that means parks and open spaces, and you cannot find an organization more integral to open spaces in the Santa Cruz Mountains than Sempervirens Fund. From starting the movement to protect old-growth trees in Big Basin more than 100 years ago -- a movement that culminated in the first state park -- to spearheading an innovative approach to conservation with the San Vicente Redwoods, Sempervirens Fund has proven time and again that it is a forward-looking leader in conservation. You could even say we owe our livelihoods to them! After all, without open spaces, Hilltromper would not exist.

Nor, probably, would our marriage!

1 TonyMamone

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My young kids absolutely love to camp among giant trees, and Sempervirens Fund continues to make this possible. California's coastal redwoods are a treasure that needs to be protected.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sempervirens preserves and protects redwood forests in the San Francisco Bay Area and Santa Cruz mountains. If you love Big Basin, Castle Rock and all that wild land between highway 280 and the Pacific as much as I do...give this team 5 stars!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was in the fifth grade the first time I camped in Big Basin. That was around l955. I still remember the magic of it all. To me ,redwood trees are the land's equivalent to the ocean's whales. Fabulous nature that must be protected and preserved! Many many thanks for your decades of important work.
Rob Caughlan

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Best place near Silicon Valley to hike and camp. The view of the Santa Cruz Mountains is unreal! Having bathrooms and fresh water at the campsites really helps keep the place clean and accessible. I have been here with friends and Girl Scouts and each experience we all walk away feeling like we have reconnected with a part of nature that is missing from our high paced lives. What I loved most is the people we met while backpacking that would stop and help us identify plants and trees. Truly a park that calls one back, including me!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a newcomer volunteer working with the Sempervirens Fund to help raise funds for the critical work of protecting the remaining redwoods in the Santa Cruz Mountains where only 5% of the original forest remains and much of that is at risk. I initially contacted Sempervirens to partner with a local Santa Cruz group to protect a redwood forest about to be timber harvested. Together we were able to save the trees! I was so inspired by our partnership, their strong history of accomplishments and their visionary goals that I agreed to join their Great Park Campaign Committee. Sempervirens Fund is leading the way to protecting as much of what remains of the redwood forest as possible utilizing the most strategic, cost-effective, and creative pathways. And have been doing so since 1900! Supporting Sempervirens enables you to become a partner in creating a permanent legacy of giant redwood trees, clear-running streams and an extraordinary forest where wildlife thrives and people find peace, joy and renewal.


Liannon

Donor

Rating: 5

Although I've only recently been introduced to Sempervirens Fund, I have been enjoying the fruits of their labors all my life. Some of my favorite memories growing up consist of the family's annual camping trips to Big Basin.

One of my favorite things about living in the Bay Area is just how close these redwood forests are... where else can you be in the heart of a big modern city one minute then a beautiful redwood forest in less than an hour? It's amazing!

These forests need to be protected and Sempervirens Fund has been at the forefront doing so. They may be a small organization, but they give big bang for every buck they get! I am proud to be a supporter!

Andrew62

Donor

Rating: 5

Look at a map of the Santa Cruz Mountains, south of San Francisco, and you will see lots and lots of parkland. Better yet, go there and get out and hike amid the many groves of redwoods and other kinds of forest habitat, and experience the many animals that depend on these habitats for their survival. We can all of us have this experience, and our grandchildren will be able to as well, partly because of the difficult and patient work that Sempervirens Fund has been doing for more than a century to help achieve protection for these areas. The raising of funds, the analysis of properties, the negotiations with willing sellers--all of this requires sustained, painstaking work. Being even a relatively small change donor as I am, I find myself having a sense of pride at every new land acquisition, at every story of a threatened species offered a fighting chance for recovery--I feel proud that I played some small part. I look up at these mountains and I breathe a sigh of relief--and I breathe more oxygen!--because these people have worked so hard and so successfully to preserve a quality of life that very much deserves being preserved.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My friends got me involved with Sempervirens Fund this year and I volunteered at the Anniversary Picnic at Castle Rock Sate Park. I was impressed by the numbers of supporters Sempervirens has and I plan to volunteer again.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a worthy cause that benefits everyone. The recent controversy over the proposed desalinization plant has highlighted just how valuable our forests are. Nature is indispensable and the more we destroy it, the more we destroy ourselves.

Louis S.

Donor

Rating: 5

Preserving the redwoods is an important task that Sempervirens Fund has taken to heart. Their dedication to preserving these important areas is crucial to our heritage as well as the wildlife that live and pass through the area, including some endangered species. Many of the old growth redwoods that they protect would never be seen again at this age for generations had it been allowed to be logged.

Marie47

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a REAL non-profit run organization. Love their mission and how their staff truly believe in it.

redwood-lover

Board Member

Rating: 5



Sempervirens is trying to protect all of the redwood forests and other natural features in
the Santa Cruz Mountains This is an area of 224,000 acres--bigger than most national parks--
of which nearly half is now protected. I am working at finding linkages between protected
parcels to assure wildlife corridors and develop a self-sustaining ecosystem.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Sempervirens Fund is committed to protecting and preserving redwood forests and other natural features of California's Santa Cruz Mountains. Over the years, it has been instrumental in creating four state parks and protecting tens of thousands of acres of redwood forests. Last month Sempervirens purchased two large parcels from a major timber company. One parcel will be key to Castle Rock and Big Basin State Parks and presrved hundred year old trees that were approved for timber harvest in June. The other parcel preserved habitat for the critically endangered marbled murrelets. A celebratory lunch was held at the first site and was attended by 300 members and by the leadership of the California State Parks system. The weather was beautiful, the location magnificent, and everything went forward flawlessly despite a heavy downpour the previous day. The strength of this organization is its highly profesional staff and its 7000 committed members. The challenge for the future is to work collaboratively with other conservation entities and agencies without losing its geographical focus.

walt1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a young lawyer in the 60s I worked with the founder of Sempervirens in setting it up, and also helped lay out one of its popular trails. Since then it has been spectacularly successful in preserving thousands of acres of irreplaceable redwoods in the Santa Cruz Mountains, between Silicon Valley and the coast. It works creatively with a combination of gifts, purchases and conservation easements. It has also taken the lead in bring other groups together to cooperate in making large purchases.It has a played a major part in giving the Bay Area more recreational parkland than any other urban area.