Civic Group
Sempervirens Fund

Protecting the Santa Cruz Mountain Redwoods.

Years active: 120

Their story: In 1900, Sempervirens was founded as California’s first land trust, coming together to protect the largest remaining old growth forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains. That became Big Basin State Park. Since then, the fund has played a key role in establishing Castle Rock, Butano and Portola Redwoods state parks and has preserved more than 54 square miles of redwood forest. In the wake of the massive destruction to Big Basin State Park as a result of the CZU Lightning Complex fire, restoring the park’s buildings and reimagining the visitor experience is a major focus of the organization.

Fundraising focus: Sempervirens Fund supporters appreciate the ecological importance and magnificent beauty of the coast redwoods and they understand the need to protect them now. The generous financial support of the community allows them to act quickly and decisively to protect redwood forests. The ways to support include: Dedicating trees and groves, redwoods restoration and Big Basin recovery, the giving of stock or donor-advised funds, matching gifts, legacy giving and vehicle donations. Find the details here.

Sara Barth

“Redwoods are among the most resilient species for adapting to a changing climate, and the habitats they support have the best chance of survival. But they too need your help, now more than ever. We use the best science, data, and planning to ensure that redwood forests, habitats, and ecosystems can heal, thrive, and adapt.”