Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Photo by Peter L. Buranzon

We need your help to meet the immediate needs of Big Basin and plan for the long term recovery of this beloved redwood park.

In response to a devastating fire that tore through California’s iconic Big Basin Redwoods State Park in recent days, Save the Redwoods League is joining with Sempervirens Fund to restore Big Basin to its former glory. The Big Basin Recovery Fund will support the immediate needs at the park while laying the groundwork for the long-term rebuilding of this treasure of the California State Parks system.

For a limited time, our partners at Pachama are matching your gift, up to $5,000. Pachama cares deeply about restoring forests to solve climate change. Give now. Your gift will go twice as far.

Visitor Center building burned to the ground after the fire
Before and after photos of the historic headquarters building at Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Left, taken in 2015 by Sandip Bhattcharya. Right, taken on Aug. 20, 2020, by CAL FIRE crews.

Nestled in the deep folds of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Big Basin Redwoods State Park was established in 1902, well before the creation of the California State Parks system. It includes more than 18,000 acres of redwood forest — a mix of old-growth and second-growth — including the largest ancient redwood stand south of San Francisco.

Big Basin remains one of the most popular redwood destinations in the world, hosting more than a million visitors per year. This popularity is directly linked to its close proximity to the sprawling, diverse communities of the San Francisco Bay Area, which for more than a century have treasured this park as their own.

Because of this love, when the wildfires approached the park, millions held their breaths. And when stories and photographs of the extensive damage emerged from the scene, a collective will emerged to build back what we have lost. Early reports indicate that most of the massive coast redwoods survived, but the park infrastructure is gone, including many historic structures that date back to the 1930s.

Join us to bring Big Basin Redwoods State Park back to its former glory. It may take a while, but with your help, visitors will once again be inspired by the majestic groves of Big Basin and the next generation will create new memories in this special place.

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