Sempervirens Fund raising money to purchase Lompico headwatersMarch 2006
The Sempervirens Fund has
only until June 30 to raise the remaining funds needed to save the
Lompico Creek headwaters and the Malosky Creek Forest. Photo:
The Sempervirens Fund has secured an option to buy the Lompico Creek
Headwaters from Redwood Empire. The Fund has only until June 30
to conclude this $5,600,000 deal which includes the 425-acre Lompico
Creek headwaters and 200 acres in the Malosky Creek watershed.
For years the Lompico Watershed Conservancy and the Club have been
trying to save the Lompico property where towering redwoods rise
from deeply incised sandstone canyons above the community of Lompico.
Lompico Creek is the primary source of water for this small community.
A timber harvest plan for the Lompico Creek Headwaters had been
submitted in 2001 and had been approved by the California Department
of Forestry. The tree cutting was stopped on appeal due to the leadership
of the Lompico Watershed Conservancy which galvanized opposition,
convinced the County of Santa Cruz to file an appeal, and organized
an unprecedented letter-writing campaign in support of keeping this
Undeterred, Redwood Empire submitted a new timber harvest plan
which was under review when news of the deal between Sempervirens
and Redwood Empire was announced.
The Malosky Creek Forest is a mixed redwood forest carpeting steep
ravines above residential areas in the San Lorenzo Valley. This
property supplies water to the town of Boulder Creek. This land
was slated to be logged by Redwood Empire with helicopters flying
logs over neighboring properties to a landing off site. As California
struggles to locate new sources of water for people and wildlife,
it is vital to preserve forestlands that surround drinking source
Fundraising has begun in this most aggressive campaign in the history
of the Sempervirens Fund. Please give generously. To donate visit
call 650-968-4509. Donations are tax deductible.
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