A summer flora of Big Basin Redwood State Park, California
Big Basin Redwood State Park lies in the Santa Cruz Mountains approximately 40 miles south of San Francisco, 15 miles north of Santa Cruz and 10 miles east of the Pacific Ocean (see Map I in appendix). The park is entirely within Santa Cruz County. It was set aside by the State Legislature in 1902 as a Redwood Preserve. The original reservation was 1,000 acres of the finest Redwood stands. Historically this was the first part of the coastal Redwood forest to be set aside for preservation and as such it is the oldest unit of our present State Park System. Since 1902 additional purchases have Increased the area to 10,000 acres. The new acquisitions include more Redwood forest plus adjacent portions of wooded and chaparral covered land that serve as a watershed for the park water supply.