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Sempervirens Fund

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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

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I didn't know much about the Sempervirens Fund or what it was till a good friend from California introduced it to me. Their history & legacy really touched my heart - the struggles they faced to protect & preserve the redwoods of California, showed just how much heart the people of California have. The sights of the redwoods are awe inspiring and breathtaking to say the least. It is truly amazing that what started off a club passing around a hat; to collect a small donation to finance their efforts and to launch a fundraising and lobbying campaign; has become the heart & soul of so many who have witnessed, the true untouched beauty of the redwoods. They have raised over 50 million dollars to preserve and protect over 34,000 acres!!! For the past 100 years and for generations to come - their efforts are outstanding and highly commendable!

Board Member

Rating: 5

We have been buying rewood forest land for over 100 years. Currently we are working on "The Great Park" initiative. Please view our web site and check us out, thank you.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This year Sempervirens Fund protected Late Serial Redwood Forest that has beautiful Marbled Murrelet Habitat and old growth trees. Places like these need to be protected and Sempervirens Fund is working hard against many odds to accomplish that goal. Thank you Sempervirens Fund! Keep up the great work!

lisag22

Donor

Rating: 5

Fantastic! I grew up in the redwoods so they have a special place in my heart. I like to know that every small donation I make goes towards buying up land that can't be touched for my kids and their kids. Central California has these wonderful treasures and it really comes down to who owns the land. They made great headway this year purchasing the Cemex property and I'm so proud that even my meager contributions will ultimately make an impact since it goes directly to land procurement and conservation of the lovely redwoods and various ecosystems within. I do believe in sustainable enjoyment as well, and they do a lot of work maintaining trails and parklands so people can actually enjoy the land they are working to save.

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Donor

Rating: 5

As a donor (and former staff member for 30 years), I and my family have supported Sempervirens Fund and its mission. It has been exciting to see the acreage that the Fund has protected grow in size. Through the efforts of Sempervirens Fund, it is special to me to know that the trees will be protected and undisturbed for generations to come. Preserving the parks of the Santa Cruz Mountains is a wonderful legacy.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

In 2000, I was a member of the California State Assembly, and authored the largest park and environmental protection bond in the nation's history. Two years later, in 2002, I authored another park bond, and that was voted into law by the voters of California. Together, these bond measures provided $4.7 billion for parks and environmental protection. Sempervirens Fund has worked for several years with both California State Parks and other entities (such as the Penninsula Open Space Trust) to acquire and manage some of California's most previous redwood habitat. Sempervirens Fund understands how to work strategically to maximize donor's funds together with public funding. By doing so, Sempervirens Fund is able to preserve both precious redwoods and the unique habitat in which they grow and thrive. It is worthy of note that Sempervirens Fund's mission and actions have, for over 100 yeasr, protected a species of tree that is recognized throughout the world as one of the half dozen or so symbols of California. The redwood, the Big Sur coast, the Sierra Nevada range, the Golden Gate Bridge, the "Hollywood" sign...each are known by folks throughout the world as "California." Sempervirens Fund is doing legacy work for all of us. Fred Keeley Treasurer County of Santa Cruz Board Member, Sempervirens Fund

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

For the past few years, I have been volunteering with the Sempervirens Fund, leading hikes among the redwoods, helping out at events and building trails.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a member of the Sempervirens Fund for over 30 years and as an Advisory Board member for almost as long, I have seen this basically grass-roots organization step up and save thousands of acres of irreplaceable redwood forests and surrounding acreage. The legacy of this incredible group will be treasured and enjoyed for many generations to come. There have always been a wide array of opportunities to participate in support of the organization. Some people love to build trails or lead walks, while others may be happier hosting events or soliciting targeted donations. Fundraising is well-thought out and well-planned. Early-on the organization realized that establishing long-term relationships with those who value the redwood environment would be more satisfying and rewarding to both parties than one-time get-everything-we-can fundraising. The cause is noble, the people are fantastic, the locations unbeatable -- it doesn't get much better than volunteering for and supporting the Sempervirens Fund.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Sempervirens Fund is the oldest land trust in California and the second oldest in the United States. Founded in 1900, Sempervirens Fund was instrumental in creating the first state park in California (Big Basin Redwoods) and was the first organization to preserve old-growth redwoods. Sempervirens continues to protect critical and threatened lands in the Santa Cruz mountains, adjacent to millions of residents of the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Without the Sempervirens Fund the old-growth coast redwood forests of the Santa Cruz mountains would be nothing but a memory.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Sempervirens Fund has preserved over 50,000 acres of redwood forest and is now acting on an extraordinary vision of turning the Santa Cruz Mountains of coastal northern California into a "Great Park" as large as National Parks in Utah. Our region is heavily populated - the Great Park will not only preserve trees and rare habitats. but will preserve the sanity of the San Francisco Peninsula residents for all time. The "Great Park" will forever preserve a beautiful natural area from development.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have lived on the San Francisco Peninsula for over 80 years and seen the open spaces along the Bay be filled up with development. But as a child I remember the thrill of driving less than 20 miles over the Coast Range Mountains and being able to see and walk among giant Redwoods. Today this is still an available thrill and in fact even more Redwoods are protected today than then. The protection and access to these magnificent trees is due more to the work of Sempervirens than any other organization. That is why I serve on its Advisory Board and have been a substantial financial contributor for over 30 years. Their past success has not slowed their efforts and present goals of this great organization will result in the largest protected mountain forest near to a large urban area in the nation.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of serving on the Sempervirens Fund Board of Directors for a number of years. I am continually impressed and gratified by the organization's ability to complete major transactions efficiently and in alignment with its mission. The lean and professional staff is well supported by a dedicated Board of Directors and incredible generous and engaged members. Bottomline, they get it done and make s significant, positive difference.