redwoodMore than 8,500 acres of redwood forest and wildlife habitat in the Santa Cruz mountains will be protected after a coalition of San Francisco Bay Area conservation groups bought the land — the largest private landholding in in Santa Cruz County — for $30 million from building materials giant CEMEX.

The broad expanse of redwood and oak forests, which is 8 miles long, is home to mountain lions, peregrine falcons and endangered coho salmon.

(READ the story in the Mercury News)

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