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You Can Protect Vast, Wild San Vincente Redwoods

Help Restore Haven for Rare Wildlife, Secure Permanent Legal Protection

  • 90 Ancient Redwoods
  • Sources of Clean Water
  • Rare Animals, Plants
  • Potential for Public Recreation

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Why is this place worth safeguarding?

Ancient Redwoods

Old giants are rare in the Santa Cruz Mountains: More than 90 percent of the redwood forest here has been cut down at least once for lumber.

Clean Water

Streams here provide crucial drinking water and keep the forest and its imperiled animals healthy.

Rare Animals, Plants

California red-legged frogs, coho salmon, steelhead trout and Shreve and Oracle oaks live here.

Public Recreation

About 70 miles of unpaved roads could make for outstanding adventures. Potential access could include hiking trails to nearby state parks.

Step into Wonder

For those who have had the chance to stand in a redwood grove, there are few life experiences that match it. Earth's tallest tree, the coast redwood can reach higher than a 30-floor skyscraper. Their trunks can grow 24 feet wide. Even more incredible: These California trees can live for more than 2,000 years. Some coast redwoods living today were alive during the time of the Roman Empire.

Once redwoods grew throughout the northern hemisphere. Today, coast redwoods are native only in 450-mile strip along the Pacific coast from central California to southern Oregon.

Even if you have only ever seen a photo of the few ancient redwood forests left, it's hard to imagine life on our planet without these awesome and majestic places. We can all agree there are some places on Earth that are so special that they are worth saving.

One such place is the San Vincente Redwoods (formerly CEMEX Redwoods) property. Less than an hour from the hustle of California's Silicon Valley it is the largest unprotected redwood forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Perched above the Pacific Ocean, San Vincente Redwoods is 8 miles long and 3 miles wide. Towering coast redwoods reach into the fog. The air is still, and the ground is spongy with its carpet of rusty redwood leaves. The dense forest muffles sound, except for the rush of creeks as they tumble over their rocky beds.

This land shelters at least 90 ancient redwoods that will be protected in special reserves. Old giants like these are rare in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The California real estate boom in the mid-1880s created a huge demand for lumber. Because of this demand, more than 90 percent of the nearly 200,000 acres of redwood forest here has been cut down at least once. This means most of the redwoods in these mountains are no more than 140 years old. But many ancient trees at San Vincente Redwoods are survivors of the original forest that once cloaked this mountain range.

California red legged frog. Photo by kqedquest, Flickr Creative Commons

California red legged frog. Photo by kqedquest, Flickr Creative Commons

San Vincente Redwoods connects 27,500 acres of contiguous protected territory, providing a haven for rare animals and plants that make their homes in the forest. This wildlife includes the endangered California red-legged frog, federally endangered coho salmon and threatened steelhead trout.

Other treasures such as the rare Shreve and Oracle oaks live here, along with large Pacific madrones and the endangered Anderson's manzanita.

This land needs careful restoration and permanent legal protection. Save the Redwoods League will mobilize scientists, conservationists, land managers and people like you to make sure this magnificent forest survives and thrives.

We also will make sure that the streams here will continue to provide crucial drinking water and keep the forest and its imperiled animals healthy. By applying strict guidelines for responsible and sustainable wood harvesting, we can permanently protect the features we all value: old redwoods, homes for endangered wildlife and key waterways. For those of you who love to explore redwood forests, San Vincente Redwoods encompasses 70 miles of unpaved roads, offering outstanding potential for public recreation. Access could include hiking trail connections to nearby Big Basin Redwoods State Park and the Fall Creek Unit of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park.

You Can Make a Difference

Do you ever wonder why these silent giants inspire our devotion – and fierce protection? Maybe we know that our lives are richer with redwoods in them. Maybe we want to be the generation that reverses their rapid destruction. Or it could simply be the pleasure of sharing these magical trees with others.

You can enjoy all these benefits by being part of this historic effort. Donate now!


If you have questions, or you would like to learn more about the San Vincente Redwoods project, please contact Membership at (415) 820-5800 or

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