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Sempervirens Fund purchases more redwood forest
February 2010

Sempervirens Fund has announced the purchase of two tracts of redwoods, 107 acres at the gateway to Big Basin State Park and 160 acres near Pescadero. Both parcels were purchased from Redtree Properties.

One parcel is located between Castle Rock and Big Basin State Parks and was scheduled for logging this spring. Ultimately this property will be added to Castle Rock State Park.

The Pescadero parcel contains 30-40 acres of old growth redwoods which are prime nesting sites for the Marbled Murrelet, an endangered seabird. The Santa Cruz mountains is the southernmost area of the Marbled Murrelet’s breeding range.

Sempervirens Fund acquired these two properties as part of its vision to link all the State Parks and public land on the Santa Cruz coast together to create a Great Park. Sempervirens Fund plans to manage both parcels until they are able to transfer them to the California State Parks system.

A public celebration of the new acquisitions will be held on Saturday, March 13 near the intersection of Highways 9 and 236. For more information call 650-968-4509.

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