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We’ve saved Pole Mountain — the highest point on the Sonoma Coast!

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If you look closely, you can see the fire lookout on the very top of Pole Mountain. Photo by Stephen Joseph Photography.

June 30, 2014 —Today, nearly a year to the day of signing the purchase contract, Sonoma Land Trust has closed escrow on Pole Mountain Preserve, which, at 2,204 feet, is the highest peak along the Sonoma Coast. A longtime conservation priority, Pole Mountain’s 238 acres connect the Jenner Headlands with Little Black Mountain Preserve near Cazadero. With the only building being an historic and still-active fire lookout tower, this acquisition will ensure that the wild and scenic landscape will remain a refuge for wildlife and hikers rather than gated estate homes with vineyards.
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Fall hikes to Pole Mountain have been scheduled. See the amazing views for yourself!
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We are building tidal marsh at Sears Point!

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Renee Spenst of Ducks Unlimited and Julian Meisler of Sonoma Land Trust describe the Sears Point Wetlands Restoration Project, which will turn 960 acres of diked baylands into tidal marsh, at the June 6 groundbreaking ceremony. Photo by Lance Kuehne Photography.

June 6, 2014 — Today we broke ground! After nearly 10 years of planning and the raising of nearly $18 million, the 2,327-acre Sears Point Ranch along Highway 37, once intended for a casino resort and instead purchased by Sonoma Land Trust in 2005, will soon sport 960 acres of restored tidal wetlands along San Pablo Bay.
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A = Nearly 1,000 acres of future tidal marsh will connect to the earlier Sonoma Baylands restoration site in the background; B = Separated from the tidal marsh by the railroad track and the soon-to-be-built habitat levee, this area will be a focus for seasonal wetland enhancement; and C = Sears Point uplands, nearly 1,000 acres of grasslands, seasonal wetlands and riparian drainages.


Sonoma Land Trust purchases Haire Ranch on Skaggs Island

Ranch holds the key to long-awaited 4,400-acre wetland restoration

SANTA ROSA, CALIF., December 13, 2013

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Sonoma Land Trust has acquired the 1,092-acre Haire Ranch on Skaggs Island along Highway 37, a long-sought after acquisition that will enable the restoration of 4,400 acres of diked baylands to wetlands. SLT has joined with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in a local-federal partnership that demonstrates the national significance of wetland restoration in San Pablo Bay. Immediately upon close of escrow, the Land Trust transferred the ranch to USFWS, which already owns the remaining 3,300 acres of Skaggs Island. Both are now part of the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge and will be restored to marsh habitat, turning the clock back 130 years.

“Haire Ranch has been the holy grail of conservation projects,” says Wendy Eliot, Sonoma Land Trust conservation director. “For more than a decade, the government has been waiting to restore Skaggs Island to tidal marsh, but Haire Ranch stood in the way, just out of reach.” But the tide turned.
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map of Haire Ranch

Haire Ranch press coverage

San Francisco Chronicle
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Vallejo Times-Herald
Sonoma Index-Tribune

Sonoma Land Trust attains national accreditation

Your land trust is celebrating the fact that our application for accreditation has been approved by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. Sonoma Land Trust is now one of only 207 land trusts across the country to have been awarded accreditation since the first land trusts were accredited in 2008. Read more

Burrowing owlBeing an accredited land trust allows Sonoma Land Trust to display this accreditation seal, a mark of distinction in land conservation, indicating that we meet national standards for excellence, uphold the public trust and ensure that conservation efforts are permanent.

Features & Media

  • New!
    2013–2014 Annual Report to the Community

    A recap of protecting Haire Ranch & Pole Mountain, starting the wetland restoration project, working in the wildlife corridor, and much more.

    2012 Annual Report
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  • New! Press Democrat story about how we and others prevent wildfires on our lands

    Pole Mountain
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  • Join us on a summer hike!
    Sunset Hikes
    We have a large variety of options for you this summer, including sunset hikes, nature workshops, family-friendly picnic days and more. There’s something for everybody.

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  • Read our Sears Point press coverage:

    Sears Point work begins
    Press Democrat
    Sonoma Index-Tribune
    Vallejo Times-Herald
    Petaluma Argus-Courier
  • Restoring tidal marsh at Sears Point
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  • New!
    Learn about the Sonoma Valley Wildlife Corridor

    Winter newsletter
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  • Winter newsletter
    Learn about Haire Ranch, Sonoma Valley Wildlife Corridor, Pole Mountain, and more.

    Winter newsletter
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  • Learn more about our work to protect the open land of the SDC

    Fall newsletter
  • Fall newsletter
    Learn more about Pole Mountain, activities at Sears Point Ranch, transferring the Jenner Headlands, and more.

    Fall newsletter
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  • Spring newsletter
    Learn more about the race to save Preservation Ranch

    Fall newsletter
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  • Winter newsletter
    All about the Stuart Creek wildlife corridor

    Fall newsletter
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