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Sempervirens Fund has been protecting redwood forests since 1900.

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Peninsula Nonprofit Keeps 80,000-Plus Acres Green

Every day, scores of residents and visitors in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties take in views of the natural landscape, hike on nearby trails and enjoy the outdoors in spaces protected by Peninsula Open Space Trust.

(April 17, 2022) → Read the full Mountain View Voice report
Visiting a State Park? Use Your Library Card

Residents can now use their library cards to check out day passes for free access to more than 200 state parks. The move is part of a collaboration between California State Parks and the California State Library to provide more equitable outdoor access for all Californians.

(April 7, 2022) → Read the full report

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Citizen Science

Sometimes making the community better manifests as a better understanding of how nature works. Local birders lead the way.


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Watsonville events, camps and more to return this summer

WATSONVILLE—After two summers of canceled, postponed and altered activities, the City of Watsonville will be bringing back its seasonal offerings in full force this year. From annual events such as the Watsonville Strawberry Festival and the Spirit of Watsonville Fourth …


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Best of Santa Cruz County 2022: Health and Recreation

Find out what readers voted as the best among health and recreation


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A Look at Big Basin

By Larry Tierney Like many Department of Parks and Recreation employees, I spent part of my 35-year career up at Big Basin. It was my first State Parks job. I’m currently on the Board of Directors of the park’s cooperating …


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Deputy Sheriffs’ Association makes record donation for memorial park

SOQUEL—The Santa Cruz County Deputy Sheriffs' Association (DSA) has offered a $100,000 “challenge” grant to help fund a memorial for Sheriff’s Sgt. Damon Gutzwiller, who was killed on duty on June 6, 2020. The grant is the largest donation in …


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Sempervirens Fund Completes a Tall Order

The nonprofit purchased 153 acres of redwood forest to add to Big Basin


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County park will honor late Sheriff’s deputy

APTOS—Plans were announced Thursday of a major renovation of Willowbrook County Park to honor the late Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Sgt. Damon Gutzwiller, who was gunned down in the line of duty in 2020. The project of “reimagining” the park …


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Sempervirens Fund Plans to Grow Big Basin State Park By 153 Acres

The Sempervirens Fund—a group instrumental in the creation of Big Basin State Park over 120 years ago—plans to buy property bordering the park by Jan. 31


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Photography: Winter Hike at Quail Hollow Ranch Park

By Julie Horner A rain-fresh January outdoors at Quail Hollow Ranch County Park, Felton California. Inspired hiking in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Take a look.


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Here’s How Climate Change and COVID Are Transforming Skiing

Skiers are adapting to the dual crises and the popular winter sport is evolving even as snow cover declines around the world


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