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  • Executive Director Ralph Benson to retire

    Ralph Benson
    Since Ralph started in 2003, the amount of land protected by Sonoma Land Trust grew from 15,000 to nearly 48,000 acres …
    Read press release
    Read Press Democrat article
    Listen to KRCB Radio interview with Ralph
  • Farmer/philanthropist Hal Hinkle joins board

    Geyserville resident Hal Hinkle, retired from Goldman Sachs and BrokerTec, is now owner of Sei Querce Vineyards, growing premium organic grapes and vegetables. “As a lifelong conservationist, I can't think of a better team and organization to support in Sonoma County than Sonoma Land Trust.”
  • Featured Video:
    “A State of Harmony”

    Tony Nelson
    Featured Video:
    “A State of Harmony”

    Our stewardship manager Tony Nelson is featured in this new six-minute video about the important work being done by land trusts and resource conservation districts.
    Watch the video>
  • We've moved!
    After 7 years, the staff of Sonoma Land Trust are happy to all be working together under one roof again at:
    822 Fifth Street (between E St. & Brookwood)
    Santa Rosa, CA 95404

    Our main phone number remains the same:
    (707) 526-6930

    Hope you like our new logo, too!
  • Meet new board member Scott Hintz

    Scott Hintz
    Scott was co-founder of TripIt, purchased by Concur Technologies, and before that, Scott was on the team that launched
  • A preservation award

    Glen Oaks Ranch barn
    For our renovation of the historic stone barn at Glen Oaks Ranch
    Learn more
  • Preservation Ranch:
    Preserved Forever

    Read Press Democrat article

  • Jenner Headlands Integrated Resource Management Plan
    –View it here
    –Read the article summarizing the high points
    –Coastal Prairie fact sheet
    –Restoration Forestry fact sheet
    -Jenner Headlands Streams and Creeks Management Goals


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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.


What’s New?

$1 million campaign

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SAVED: Curreri property in the Sonoma Valley Wildlife Corridor!

Ralph Benson

October 30, 2014 — Today, Sonoma Land Trust closed escrow on 29 acres known as the “Curreri property,” which sits in the “pinchpoint” of the imperiled Sonoma Valley Wildlife Corridor. “The importance of this acquisition belies its smaller acreage,” says project manager John McCaull. “Like a puzzle, sometimes it is the smaller pieces that make everything come together.” Upon closing, the Land Trust immediately transferred the property to Sonoma County Regional Parks to be added to the 162-acre Sonoma Valley Regional Park. Along with its value for wildlife, the Curreri property offers panoramic views of the Sonoma Valley, Sonoma Mountain, the Mayacamas Range, and San Pablo and San Francisco Bays. “For my family, this is a legacy issue,” says seller Paul Curreri. “Our land is really more valuable as a place where children can connect with nature and wildlife can continue to roam.”

Click here for a map and more information
Read Press Democrat article
Read Sonoma Index-Tribune article

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

Sears Point restoration
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.
Read press release

Fall hikes to Pole Mountain have been scheduled. See the amazing views for yourself!
Register here for hikes

Read our press coverage
Press Democrat
San Francisco Chronicle

Pole Mtn. map

We are building tidal marsh at Sears Point!

Sears Point restoration
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.
Read press release
Read FAQs
Read Sonoma Baylands brochure

Sears Point restoration map

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

Pole Mountain

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

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