Ten Reasons to Save The Redwoods Today. No, Really. Today.

May 6, 2014—Sempervirens Fund is holding a one-day fundraising drive to save the redwood forest. Here are 10 reasons to join the effort.

by Hilltromper

1. Today, May 6, is Silicon Valley Gives, this region's first online day of giving. If you and all your friends, and all their friends and their friends, donate today to Sempervirens Fund, the organization will get a major boost at a moment when time is of the essence.

2. Sempervirens Fund has a 112-year track record of saving old-growth redwood groves in the Santa Cruz Mountains—starting with Big Basin Redwoods State Park in 1902. If you want to make sure your contribution counts, this is a good horse to bet on.

3. Sempervirens Fund has a vision for a Great Park—nearly 140,000 acres of redwood forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains protected in perpetuity from development. Almost 100,000 are already saved, including the 8,500-acre Cemex property. (See "good horse to bet on," #3.)

4. They're taking donations of all sizes—from $25 (Creek Supporter) to $1000 (Sequoia Circle). No one turned away for lack of millions.

5. Redwood trees are the tallest, and some of the oldest, organisms on Planet Earth. That's got to be worth something, right?

6. Redwood forests store three times as much carbon as other forests, making them superheroes in the fight against climate change.

7. Redwood forests are home to endangered species like the marbled murrelet and coho salmon. By preserving tracts of redwoods, we maintain the integrity of our regional ecosystem.

8. Time in nature is proven to reduce stress hormones in humans.

9. Redwood canopies host entire biological communities (mostly of parasitic plants and teeny tiny animals) found nowhere else on earth.

10. It feels good to give.

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A few words from Reed Holderman, Executive Director of the Sempervirens Fund: