Public Transit to State Park Increases Equity and Access to Post Fire Education and Recreation

In the aftermath of the CZU Lightning Complex Fire which burned 97% of Big Basin Redwoods State Park, California State Parks and partners are working to reopen parts of the park, rebuild permanent facilities, and increase access. Santa Cruz METRO is increasing bus service to the park, offering free access from Santa Cruz and Scotts Valley. Additionally, to protect the heart of the old-growth forest, a pilot shuttle program will run from a new parking area into the main day-use area. Reimagining Big Basin regularly reports on efforts to rebuild facilities, provide access to recreation, and promote forest health.