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February 08, 2006

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Publication Date: Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Moore Foundation gives $1 million for park addition Moore Foundation gives $1 million for park addition (February 08, 2006)

Eighty acres of undeveloped forest will be added to Portola Redwoods State Park thanks to a $1 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to the Save-the-Redwoods League.

The purchase will protect redwood groves on the property, and strengthen protection of the spectacular Peters Creek Redwood Grove within the existing park. It will also improve habitat for steelhead and coho salmon, buffer the park from development creeping down from Skyline, and improve hiking and camping opportunities, according to a press release from Save-the-Redwoods League, which has preserved more than 170,000 acres of redwood forest since it was founded in 1918.

"Our focus is to protect the unique and irreplaceable lands that make our region a special place," said Helen Kim, chief program officer for the foundation founded five years ago by Intel co-founder Gordon and Betty Moore of Woodside.

Since September 2000, the foundation has awarded more than $172 million to programs in the Bay Area alone.

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