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We and our partners are basically building a state park at San Vicente Redwoods – complete with trails for hikers, horse-back riders, and mountain bikers. The first set of partners bought the 8,500-acre forest in 2011. The latest partner to join the effort is REI Co-op which has given $25,000 to help build those trails.

REI’s support for the Land Trust is part of their pioneering effort building relationships with local non-profits to support a common goal—connecting people to the amazing outdoors. Just last year, they gave more than 70% of their profits back to the outdoors community, and since 1976 they have invested over $75 million to support organizations throughout the entire country!

REI’s support just begins with money and expands to include a wide range of partnerships activities, including gear donations, promotion of non-profits on their website and in their stores, and a shared excitement about getting people out into the great outdoors. When I talked to their Saratoga store manager, he was as excited about the San Vicente Trails as we are. Excitement is contagious and we’re excited to be working with a new partner on this ambitious project.

Make sure you check out their Saratoga store for awesome outdoor gear and learn more about their amazing work here.

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An interest in exploring marine life out west led Laura to move to Santa Cruz. She has found an amazing place to call home and is excited to live in an area with so many unique habitats. Laura is thrilled to have a career protecting this beautiful place she loves.

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