Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Sempervirens Fund and Girl Scouts Team up to Save Redwoods and Camps

Marina Park - CEO, Girl Scouts of Northern California, lawyer and mom pens a column in The San Francisco Chronicle's City Brights about Girl Scouting. In this week's column, she reports that leading up to the Girl Scouts’ 100th Anniversary on March 12, Girl Scouts of Northern California and Sempervirens Fund closed a deal that protects 412 acres of redwood forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains, including 1,420 old-growth redwoods, and that provides $2.86 Million for Girl Scouts of Northern California — essential funds to help Girl Scouts sustain two of our most-used camps: Camp Butano Creek, outside Pescadero, and Skylark Ranch, near Ano Nuevo.

Sempervirens Fund is a nonprofit land conservation organization with a 111 year history of preserving and protecting redwood forests, wildlife habitat and watersheds in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Girl Scouts has a 100 year history of being “green,” connecting girls with the outdoors and “using resources wisely,” one of the tenets of the Girl Scout Law.

Girl Scouts of Northern California serves 19 counties in Northern California: Alameda, Butte, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Santa Clara, San Francisco, San Mateo, Shasta, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Tehama, and Trinity Counties.