Santa Cruz Wildlife Corridor Gains more protection
4/9/2009--Sempervirens Fund, California’s oldest land trust, announced this week its latest victory in land conservation: the acquisition of a 40 acre parcel of land in the Gazos Creek watershed just north of Big Basin State Park. This purchase puts Sempervirens one step closer to its current campaign goal of linking Big Basin with Butano State Park, approximately two miles to the Northwest. This link will establish a strip of permanently protected land and create a vital wildlife corridor in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Big Basin and Butano are currently separated by a subdivision of rural, privately owned land-- land subject to the threats of both development and logging. Sempervirens Fund seeks to protect this land, its trees and wildlife, with the ultimate goal turning it into public parkland. With this latest purchase, they now have 158 acres toward the completion of this corridor.
Defined as a “link of natural space which joins two or more larger areas of similar wildlife habitat,” a wildlife corridor is critical for ecological processes. Corridors allow for the movement of animals, the promotion of species biodiversity, and the protection of threatened species. MORE about the Gazos Wildlife Corridor