130416 - Sempervirens Castle Rock Talk


Join us Earth Day, Monday April 22nd for  lively presentation and Q&A with Sempervirens Fund Executive Director Reed Holderman.
PG Sunnyvale – 4/22 at 8pm

Since being founded in 1900, the Sempervirens Fund is California’s oldest land trust and the only organization exclusively devoted to permanently protecting the coastal redwood forests of the Santa Cruz Mountains.  As many may remember, 70 California State Parks, including Castle Rock State Park, were threatened to to be closed due to budget cuts last year.  We  hosted a live auction fundraiser  and with our $10,000 match, raised over $20,700 to help keep Castle Rock open.  With these funds, Sempervirens was able to pledge $250,000, the amount needed to keep Castle Rock open one more year.  Just this month, the State signed a deal to keep Castle Rock open through 2014, and hopefully until 2016, barring any unforeseen circumstances.

This is part of a bigger plan that Sempervirens envisions for a future Great Park, one that spans from San Mateo counties to Santa Cruz counties.  Castle Rock is part of this Great Park.

“Our interest is getting people into the redwoods, getting rock climbers into this area,” Holderman said. “It’s in our best interests that, one, people get out in the property, and two, they have a good experience.”

Join Holderman this Monday as he presents the history of and plan for Castle Rock State Park, including the role that climbers play.   Q&A to follow – bring your questions!