The Sempervirens Fund joins forces to help preserve the Santa Cruz summer camp

SAN MATEO, CA – San Mateo-based wildlife preservation organization Sempervirens Fund is partnering with the San Francisco Y to help preserve Camp Jones Gulch, a summer camp located in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

The fund has agreed to purchase a conservation easement from the Y for more than $9.6 million, according to a press release Wednesday.

The camp has served San Mateo County fifth and sixth graders since 1968, allowing them to spend a week exploring nature and learning about redwoods.

“The county school board and I are thrilled with this partnership which further enhances Camp Jones Gulch and ensures that generations of San Mateo County students continue to enjoy immersive outdoor learning opportunities,” said said Nancy Magee, San Mateo County Schools Superintendent. “The Camp Jones Gulch experience is a treasure trove for students and helps build their capacity for a climate-ready future.”

The purchase by Sempervirens Fund will make it possible to modernize and repair the infrastructures. The fund will also create stewardship worth $422,000 for ecological restoration work.

“This priceless expanse of redwood forest is home to groves of remarkable trees like the ‘Valley of the Giants’ and a cherished nature camp accessible to all area youth and families,” said Sara Barth, Executive Director of the Sempervirens Fund. . “This conservation easement means that the forests of Camp Jones Gulch and surrounding areas will be permanently protected from development, commercial logging and other forms of resource extraction and maintained in partnership with the Y.”

Laura McLendon, director of conservation for the Sempervirens Fund, said adding conservation protections to private redwood forests is essential to creating a thriving regional ecosystem.

“This land is home to some of the oldest and most remarkable trees in all of the Santa Cruz Mountains,” McLendon said. “Some of these trees are well over 500 years old and this easement will protect them forever. It’s a conservation gem.”

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