Big Basin Briefing #5: January 2022

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Making Big Basin Safe for People and Wildlife

  • On-site milling operations are ongoing to mill wood deemed hazardous.
  • Temporary facilities and signage are being developed in preparation for the interim limited use area of the park for Summer 2022.
  • Bids for the next hazardous tree removal contract are expected the first week of February.
  • Bids for emergency contract (post storm) to replace failed culvert at Union Creek are expected first week of February.

Learn about Big Basin’s Recovery

  • The second webinar about Big Basin was held on January 20th covering topics of resilient planning, design, and management in the context of Big Basin’s future. The webinar was well attended and the recording will be posted on the website.
  • The next and final webinar for the visioning process will be a workshop format and is scheduled for February 17th, from 6-8PM.

Stakeholder Engagement

  • The #BigBasinBigVision social media outreach activity is now underway! Members of the public and local community can provide images through social media or on the project website representing their big vision for the future of Big Basin. Images will appear on the project website.
  • Parks California awarded a grant to a local outdoor school to integrate the Reimagining Big Basin project into 5th and 6th grade curriculum and to provide a summary of their ideas to State Parks.
  • An article in the New York Times highlighted the Santa Cruz area and Big Basin as being one of the 52 Places for a Changed World. You can view the article here.
  • Help preserve the gateway to Big Basin by assisting the Sempervirens Fund in purchasing a 153-acre plot of redwood forest located along the entrance to Big Basin Redwoods State Park. To learn more, click here.
  • If you would like to volunteer at Big Basin and assist in the recovery and restoration process, please fill out this form.