Big Basin Briefing #8: April 2022

Making Big Basin Safe for People and Wildlife After two previous volunteer days had to be rescheduled due to forecasted wind, a volunteer work day was completed on May 1st including creating burn piles, placing fencing and general cleanup of the former headquarters area. Culvert replacements on Sky Meadow Road are complete. A contract to… Continue reading Big Basin Briefing #8: April 2022

Big Basin Briefing #7: March 2022

Making Big Basin Safe for People and Wildlife Big Basin Volunteer Trail Crew is working on removing burned vegetation and hazard trees. This material is being put into burn piles and ignited by District Staff when weather conditions are within a safe parameters. Community Tree Service has finished their work in the Redwood Loop Trail… Continue reading Big Basin Briefing #7: March 2022

Big Basin Briefing #6: February 2022

Making Big Basin Safe for People and Wildlife Electrical and internet service installation are underway for the Saddle Mountain interim park operations location. The State Parks Northern Service Center has completed draft designs for safety and public access upgrades that will be needed for interim access at the former Park Headquarters area. Interpretive panels and… Continue reading Big Basin Briefing #6: February 2022

Big Basin Briefing #5: January 2022

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… Continue reading Big Basin Briefing #5: January 2022

Big Basin Briefing #4: December 2021

Making Big Basin Safe for People and Wildlife The Big Basin Volunteer Trail Crew and the State Parks Road and Trail Crew have started working around the Redwood Loop Trail. Culvert repair is ongoing on Sky Meadow Road. A tree hazard removal contract is in progress of going out to bid. This contract will address… Continue reading Big Basin Briefing #4: December 2021

Cutting Edge Visualizations and Virtual Exhibits

High-quality imagery, videos, interactive 3D models, and virtual exhibits of key areas in Big Basin are now available through a partnership between California State Parks and CyArk, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the digital documentation of cultural heritage sites and architecture.  To view all these resources, visit the ‘Resilience of the Redwoods’ page presented by… Continue reading Cutting Edge Visualizations and Virtual Exhibits

Big Basin Briefing #3: November 2021

Making Big Basin Safe for People and Wildlife The septic system and gas lines in Saddle Mountain are undergoing improvements and repairs. The Big Basin volunteer trail crew and park staff have begun clearing debris and identifying tree hazards on the Redwood Loop Trail adjacent to the former Campfire Center area. A tree hazard removal… Continue reading Big Basin Briefing #3: November 2021

Big Basin Briefing #2: October 2021

Making Big Basin Safe for People and Wildlife Big Basin received over 10 inches of rain in 24 hours during the October 25, 2021, atmospheric river storm event. U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is surveying for possible landslides and debris flows following this event. Park staff continue to clear debris and sediment from roadways and drainage… Continue reading Big Basin Briefing #2: October 2021

Big Basin Briefing #1: September 2021

As the Reimagining Big Basin project gets underway, California State Parks is initiating a monthly update. These posts aim to ensure that everyone who cares about Big Basin is aware of our progress in making the park safe for visitors and habitable for wildlife. The series will also highlight recent educational resources including footage from… Continue reading Big Basin Briefing #1: September 2021

Update: Limited Reopening

Limited portions of the western coastal region of Big Basin are reopening! Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center will be open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning Memorial Day Weekend, May 29 and 30. Pre-planning for a visit to Rancho del Oso is highly recommended as COVID-19 guidelines are in effect and… Continue reading Update: Limited Reopening