Snapshots from Cascade Creek
Experience the Cascade Creek property through photos as the League advances the effort to protect this jewel of a landscape connecting the Santa Cruz Mountains to the Pacific Ocean.
is an ecological keystone property featuring more than 100 acres of old growth, as well as healthy second growth and a rich diversity of plants. Cascade Creek Photos by Max Forster.
The League is raising funds to protect Cascade Creek, an ecological keystone property that will create contiguous protected habitat from the Santa Cruz Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. From this ridge, there’s a view of a unique landform of siltstone, also known as chalks.
Cascade Creek is in the ancestral territory of the Quiroste tribe. There are no known surviving members of this tribe, and so today the area continues to be stewarded by the neighboring Amah Mutsun Tribal Band. The League had the opportunity to work with the Amah Mutsun Land Trust on an archaeological survey of the property, and the tribe’s stewards found many traditional plants.
Dan Winterson, with the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, stands among the approximately 100 acres of old-growth coast redwoods on the Cascade Creek property. Cascade Creek is home to both old-growth and healthy second-growth stands towering over verdant beds of redwood sorrels, western sword ferns, and trilliums.
The property features many large young trees, which are thriving on stable soils with adequate nutrients and water. These second-growth stands are already developing the qualities of older forests.
The namesake creek flows down through the forest and over a waterfall just south of the property on State Park land.
The land provides a healthy habitat that can support a wide array of wildlife, from banana slugs to endangered marbled murrelets to mountain lions.
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Cascade Creek is a flagship project of
Forever Forest: The Campaign for the Redwoods. To permanently protect Cascade Creek, the League must raise $9.6 million for the purchase and stewardship costs by May 30, 2020. to secure this forest forever. Donate now