OUR WEATHER IS IN CRISIS MODE!

And What You Can Do About It

Climate change is putting our very lives at risk — the intensification, increased frequency, and longer duration of extreme weather events are killing people in the U.S. and around the world. Read more…

Scott Peden and colleague at the base of his namesake tree – the tallest tree in the Santa Cruz Mountains at 352 feet tall. The Scott Peden tree is the one in the photo with the divided top.  For more about this remarkable tree and Scott, click here.

Scott Peden and colleague at the base of his namesake tree – the tallest tree in the Santa Cruz Mountains at 352 feet tall. The Scott Peden tree is the one in the photo with the divided top. For more about this remarkable tree and Scott, click here.

What is the Santa Cruz Mountains Bioregional Council and Why Does it Matter to You?

The Santa Cruz Mountains Bioregional Council is a non-profit public benefit corporation that serves the 7 million people who live or work in the greater Santa Cruz Mountains area which includes San Francisco, San Mateo County, the Santa Clara Valley, and Santa Cruz County. Our goal is to protect the quality of life for all who live or work therein and to maintain the health and productivity of the natural resources found within this area. We do this by promoting the use of scientific findings (facts not fake news) to maintain our region’s clean air, clean water, productive soils, and sustainable forests and woodlands. These attributes that we all enjoy are the product of healthy natural ecosystems and their supporting compliment of diverse and abundant native plants and animals.

Governing the Council is a nine-member Board of Directors comprised of biologists and other natural resource professionals whose objective is to conserve native plant and animal biodiversity in the Santa Cruz Mountains Bioregion.

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New or Important Content in News

July 1, 2019 — California State Parks Department Acknowledges Fred McPherson with Special Achievement Award — Long-time SCMBC board member Fred McPherson passed away on November 9, 2018. At his memorial service held on June 23 in Henry Cowell State Park, the State Parks Department awarded him, posthumously, the Superior Achievement Award for exceptional service as a volunteer trainer of state park docents.

Over 150 of Fred’s friends, colleagues, family members, former students, and docents were present at the event. The Superior Achievement Award is the most prestigious award that State Parks can grant. It was a fitting tribute, since Fred was a lifelong teacher and environmental educator. Click on this link for more information about Fred’s lifetime of service to humanity.

Shortly before Fred’s passing, he convinced the other members of the Bioregional Council to add to our website a picture gallery called “100 Views of Loma Prieta”. Loma Prieta is the tallest peak in the Santa Cruz Mountains. He posted 38 pictures of Loma Prieta, taken from different locations in the bioregion with the foreground showing different land uses, human activities, and natural landscapes — all with Loma Prieta in the background. He said that he got the idea from the book, “100 Views of Mount Fuji”, by Timothy Clark. He encouraged the other directors to post additional pictures. We plan to do so and to keep this gallery as a tribute to Fred.

May 22, 2019 — Climate change is putting our very lives at risk — the intensification, increased frequency, and longer duration of extreme weather events are killing people in the U.S. and around the world. Read more…

August 14, 2018 — Bioregional Council Trains Local Biologists to Survey for Marbled Murrelets. In cooperation with the San Mateo County Parks Department and the California State Parks Department, the Bioregional Council co-sponsored a murrelet surveyor training class during the last week of June. Read more about it here.

Read about World Scientists' Warning to Humanity.

Read about the Downside of Selective Logging


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ENGAGING LOCAL PODCAST ON CONSERVATION, BIODIVERSITY, AND THE ENVIRONMENT

BeProvided Conservation Radio takes you from the Santa Cruz Mountains to Africa with expert interviews in wildlife biology, conservation, environmental education, eco tourism and much much more. Our interviews help bridge the gap between international conservation efforts and local conservation efforts. Learn how you can help close to home and worldwide to save our wildlife, plants, water and environment. 

Existing or former Board members have been interviewed about their work or passion. You can listen to their podcasts by clicking on their names: Jen Michelsen, Betsy Herbert, Portia Halbert, and Fred McPherson.

Click on "Our Bioregion" above for information on Redwoods ..... Old-growth Forests ..... Sensitive Species and MORE!

 

The Bioregional Council is dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of regional biodiversity over time through education, the dissemination of accurate scientific information and assistance in the planning, coordination and implementation of conservation efforts.