Protect the redwood trees during California’s drought
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Coastal redwoods play a key role in the Santa Cruz Mountains’ watersheds. And they’re more important than ever during the current drought crisis.
Despite record temperatures and 4 years of little rainfall, our Santa Cruz Mountains redwoods are hard at work adding to the water supply and improving water quality. Redwoods are helping the whole ecosystem survive the drought due to the way they save and later re-introduce water into the forest.
They are tapping the fog as a source of water, soaking it up into both the trees and the soil surrounding the roots, acting as water filtration and storage systems. They keep the water in the forest longer, helping not only the survival of the trees, but other plants and animals that live there. In addition, this process contributes to stream flow, aiding aquatic life.
For 115 years now, Sempervirens Fund has ensured these extraordinary trees remain protected and healthy. We are acquiring, protecting and stewarding coastal redwoods, helping increase their resilience to drought and climate change. We’re managing the land in order to decrease the soil erosion that is polluting the remaining water in the streams. We are clearing the invasive plants competing with redwoods and other natives for water, sun and soil nutrients. We are planting redwood seedlings and then maintaining them during their early years, including watering them to ensure they take hold during the drought.
We have so much to thank the Santa Cruz Mountains redwoods for. Please take the pledge to protect our climate champions.
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