Help Conserve Largest Unprotected Redwood Forest in Santa Cruz Mountains
Together with our Living Landscape Initiative (LLI) partners, we are working to create a plan for public access to this amazing property. Take a short survey to help inform this public access plan. The survey will close April 2014 and the results will be summarized and included in the draft plan.
Learn About This Vast, Wild Haven
CEMEX Redwoods is less than an hour from the hustle of California's Silicon Valley. Perched above the Pacific Ocean, CEMEX Redwoods is 6 miles long and 2.5 miles wide. Towering 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 over their rocky beds.
This land shelters at least 90 ancient redwoods that will be protected in special reserves. CEMEX Redwoods also connects 27,500 acres of contiguous protected territory, providing habitat for rare animals and plants including the endangered California red-legged frog, federally endangered coho salmon and threatened steelhead trout that live downstream from the property.
Other treasures such as the rare Shreve and Oracle oaks live here, along with large Pacific madrones and endangered Anderson's manzanita.
CEMEX Redwoods needs careful restoration and permanent legal protection. Save the Redwoods League will mobilize scientists, conservationists, land managers and donors 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, CEMEX 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.
The CEMEX Redwoods conservation effort has started through the Living Landscape Initiative (LLI), launched in 2011 by Save the Redwoods League, Land Trust of Santa Cruz County, Peninsula Open Space Trust, Sempervirens Fund and The Nature Conservancy. We are working together to protect this vast property that none of us could protect alone.
You Can Make a Difference
Resounding responses from generous members like you raised the $100,000 needed to gain a matching gift for CEMEX Redwoods by December 31, 2012. Long-time League members Pete and Patty Mattson issued the challenge to match contributions made to CEMEX Redwoods by the deadline. Thank you!
You can help keep up the progress by donating today. Our work with CEMEX Redwoods is a huge undertaking, but we couldn't turn down the chance to save this largest unprotected redwood forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Please donate now. 100% of your donation will support this project. Support the League and CEMEX Redwoods today through our secure webpage, call (888) 836-0005, or mail a check payable to Save the Redwoods League to
Save the Redwoods League
114 Sansome Street, Suite 1200
San Francisco CA 94104
Please note on your check that your gift is for CEMEX Redwoods.
Thank you for 8,532 precious acres.
If you have questions, or you would like to learn more about the CEMEX Redwoods project, please contact Membership at (415) 820-5800 or membership@SaveTheRedwoods.org.
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A cave was recently discovered in CEMEX Redwoods. See the video below from KQED about this fascinating discovery.
You're Keeping an Ancient Forest Reachable
You helped us buy Noyo River Redwoods, a magical ancient forest you can see only by the historic Skunk Train, in 2011. Recently you came to the rescue again. Your gifts helped to repair a collapsed railroad tunnel that shut down the train's famous Redwood Route last April. The tunnel is now open and full Skunk Train service has resumed. You can make sure we're ready to protect and provide you access to amazing forests like this one: Please donate today.
HIGHLIGHTS: As the story goes, in 1852 a hunter named Augustus T. Dowd wounded a grizzly and chased him into this forest, only to find trees that were three times bigger than any he'd ever seen before. When he returned to civilization, he began spreading the word about the tall, red-barked giants.