Thanks for taking action

Thanks for taking action on wildfire response

Thank you for speaking out in favor of Assembly Bill 1659 and sensible wildfire response and healthy forests. Your voice makes a huge difference. With your help, we can recover from the terrible wildfires of 2020 and set a course into a future without these kinds of catastrophes.

The wildfires have already had significant impacts at Big Basin Redwoods State Park. If you can contribute to the Big Basin Recovery Fund, your support will help meet the needs of Big Basin and plan for the long term recovery of this beloved redwood park.

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.

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.

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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