Redwood Resources

July 1, 2004

Here are several local organizations that have recently taken steps to preserve redwood forests in the Bay region and beyond.

Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) Together with the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, in 1999 POST acquired 1,065 acres known as the Bear Creek Redwoods, located south of San Jose in Santa Clara County. (650)854-7696

Save the Redwoods League In 2002, the San Francisco-based League acquired Mill Creek, 25,000 acres of redwood forest in Del Norte County. The League donated the land, home to 22 species of endangered or threatened species, to the California Park Service. (415)362-2352

Sempervirens Fund Thanks to the 104-year-old Sempervirens, the 1,340-acre San Lorenzo River Redwoods in Santa Cruz County have become part of Castle Rock State Park, and were officially dedicated this May. (650)968-4509

Pacific Forest Trust (PFT) In 1998 PFT acquired a conservation easement on 370 acres of redwood-dominated woodlands in San Mateo County’s Butano Creek from the Big Creek Timber Company. (707)578-9950

Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods Focusing on the Russian River area, this group is working to bolster salmonid populations in Willow Creek. The Stewards also aim to revitalize coho salmon and steelhead trout habitat in Armstrong Grove’s Fife Creek, restoring it to pre-dam conditions. (707)865-0180

Sonoma Land Trust In 2001, the Sonoma Land Trust worked with PFT to set aside the 937-acre Bohemia Ranch in Sonoma County. The ranch’s redwood and fir forest surrounds Dutch Bill Creek, a Russian River tributary, and provides habitat for the northern spotted owl, ringtail cat, and a federally-endangered plant called Pennel’s bird’s-beak. (707)526-6930

About the Author

Matthew Bettelheim is a freelance writer and a wildlife biologist with URS Corporation.