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POST has managed San Vicente Redwoods, 8,532 acres of forest, scrub, and chaparral in the Santa Cruz Mountains near Davenport, jointly with co-owner Sempervirens Fund and conservation easement holder Save the Redwoods League since we protected the property in 2011. Since then, more than three years and countless hours of work have gone into the newly approved management plan (the Plan) for the property. The Plan is intended to provide guidance to the property managers, owners, and easement holder as we manage the property towards our conservation vision. The purpose of the Plan is to ensure that every acre of the property is managed in perpetuity with ecological health as the first priority.
To achieve this goal, the Plan divides San Vicente into three zones: Preservation Reserves, Restoration Reserves, and Working Forest.
Preservation Reserves are the areas of the property with the greatest conservation value, and will therefore be left untouched by timber harvesting operations and public access. These sensitive areas require protection from disturbance to thrive as habitat for plants and animals. Most of San Vicente’s old-growth trees are within Preservation Reserves.
Restoration Reserves are areas that need help in the form of restoration projects to reach their full conservation potential as healthy habitat for plants and animals. Selective harvesting in this region will help redirect the forest development towards achieving long-term ecological benefits. The purpose of any activity in the Reserves is to restore the forest’s ecological needs, without consideration of economic benefit.
Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) protects open space on the Peninsula and in the South Bay for the benefit of all. Since its founding in 1977, POST has been responsible for saving more than 76,000 acres as permanently protected land in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties.