State Parks unveil new website to offer public updates on Big Basin State Redwood Park

Nearly a year after the CZU Lightning fire burned through California’s oldest state park-the clean-up continues.The fire swept through 97% of Big Basin State Redwood Park’s 18,000 acres. With historic structures now gone, the public is being asked to help with the rebuilding process.It’s really going to be a labor of love, as this week the state parks unveiled a new website: ReimagingBigBasin.org, where the public can get information and get involved in the planning for its rebuilding.”The canopy is gone. So what you have are big hulking, tall hulking things that is now sprouting out greenery all the way up it,” Sempervirens Fund Executive Director Sara Barth said.Giant old-growth Redwood trees that tower over the park and date back thousands of years have survived and they have the burn scars on their trunks to prove it.”There’s enough material living that these trees will survive,” said Joanne Kerbavaz, California State Parks senior environmental scientist.Construction crews continue chipping away Douglas fir that was in danger of falling or being destroyed in the fire.A stone fireplace from the old lodge and the stairway leading up to the main entrance are all that remain here. Along with the visitor center, the museum, and the outdoor amphitheater there are trails like this one, hundreds of them that were damaged and it will take time to reopen them.”It’s hard to imagine, you think of a trail as a path and you think how is that going to be influenced by fire but in a lot of areas there are so many trees down just to get to those trails is quite a task,” Kerbavaz said.The state parks department unveiled a new website this week ReimaginingBigBasin.orgIt’s a site where the public can get updates, videos and learn how to get involved with the rebuilding of Big Basin State Park.”It’s the public land and we want a transparent process here, so we can have public input to guide how we look and map Big Basin into the future,” said Gabe McKenna, public safety superintendent for State Parks. The reimagine plan has the backing of the non-profit, Sempervirens Fund, which among its mission is to permanently preserve Coast Redwood Forests.”We want state parks to take the time to do it in a way that we’ll have a park facility that will last for another century,” Barth said. State Parks has not set a meeting date with the community but you’ll find that information posted on their new website in the near future.

Nearly a year after the CZU Lightning fire burned through California’s oldest state park-the clean-up continues.

The fire swept through 97% of Big Basin State Redwood Park’s 18,000 acres. With historic structures now gone, the public is being asked to help with the rebuilding process.

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It’s really going to be a labor of love, as this week the state parks unveiled a new website: ReimagingBigBasin.org, where the public can get information and get involved in the planning for its rebuilding.

“The canopy is gone. So what you have are big hulking, tall hulking things that is now sprouting out greenery all the way up it,” Sempervirens Fund Executive Director Sara Barth said.

Giant old-growth Redwood trees that tower over the park and date back thousands of years have survived and they have the burn scars on their trunks to prove it.

“There’s enough material living that these trees will survive,” said Joanne Kerbavaz, California State Parks senior environmental scientist.

Construction crews continue chipping away Douglas fir that was in danger of falling or being destroyed in the fire.

A stone fireplace from the old lodge and the stairway leading up to the main entrance are all that remain here.

Along with the visitor center, the museum, and the outdoor amphitheater there are trails like this one, hundreds of them that were damaged and it will take time to reopen them.

“It’s hard to imagine, you think of a trail as a path and you think how is that going to be influenced by fire but in a lot of areas there are so many trees down just to get to those trails is quite a task,” Kerbavaz said.

The state parks department unveiled a new website this week ReimaginingBigBasin.org

It’s a site where the public can get updates, videos and learn how to get involved with the rebuilding of Big Basin State Park.

“It’s the public land and we want a transparent process here, so we can have public input to guide how we look and map Big Basin into the future,” said Gabe McKenna, public safety superintendent for State Parks.

The reimagine plan has the backing of the non-profit, Sempervirens Fund, which among its mission is to permanently preserve Coast Redwood Forests.

“We want state parks to take the time to do it in a way that we’ll have a park facility that will last for another century,” Barth said.

State Parks has not set a meeting date with the community but you’ll find that information posted on their new website in the near future.

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