Protect the Land
Results of the Wildlife Corridor underpass report
- Peruse the SDC Draft Resources Assessment
- Featured Video:
“A State of Harmony”
“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:
Hope you like our new logo, too!
- A preservation award
For our renovation of the historic stone barn at Glen Oaks Ranch
- Preservation Ranch:
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
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
Being 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.
We are offering a wide array of hikes & other activities for you this summer
Award-winning conservation leader
Dave Koehler selected as executive director
The Sonoma Land Trust board of directors has chosen award-winning conservation leader Dave Koehler as the organization’s new executive director, succeeding Ralph Benson who retired at the end of February after 12 years. Koehler (pronounced Kay-ler) has served as the executive director of the San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust since 1990, where he enjoys a reputation for innovation and collaborative conservation, having guided the organization through the planning and establishment of the San Joaquin River Parkway, a 23-mile greenway of conservation lands, parks, trails and river access.
We’re in the game to protect the 30,000-acre Gualala Redwoods forest
February 9, 2015 —A coalition of conservation groups with visions of riverfront parkland, environmentally friendly forestry practices and watershed preservation have submitted a bid on 30,000 acres of redwood timber holdings and bluff-top land at the mouth of the Gualala River, straddling Sonoma and Mendocino counties.
April 16, 2015 UPDATE from Acquisitions Director Amy Chesnut:
“Regarding the news that the 30,000-acre Gualala Redwoods Property is being sold to the Burch family, we are, of course, disappointed that our Conservation Coalition’s proposal was not selected. However, we are pleased that it is being purchased by a family-owned entity with some roots in, and familiarity with, Sonoma County. We look forward to the opportunity to meet the new owners and to explore potential conservation options with them.”
Read newer Press Democrat article
SAVED: Curreri property in the Sonoma Valley Wildlife Corridor!
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!
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
Features & Media
Sign up for our eNews
Yoga on the Land
at Glen Oaks Ranch
Aug 8, 9-noon
Cultivating young stewards, enlisting landowners to save wildlife, SDC update and more
Read the Wildlife Corridor Mgmt & Monitoring Strategy
Click here to download (8 MB)
- VIDEO: Learn all about the Sears Point Wetland Restoration from project manager Julian Meisler (5 min.)
- In-depth interview about Sonoma Land Trust from KSRO-Radio
- Winter newsletter
Sears Point as it looks today, celebrating Ralph Benson, protecting Curreri and more.
- Video about Stuart Creek Run creek restoration (3 min.)
Watch the video
- Fall newsletter
- Inspiring story from KGO-TV about our Sears Point Wetland Restoration project!
Watch the video
- The fish barriers on Stuart Creek are coming down!
Read the Sonoma Index-Tribune article
- 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.
- Press Democrat story about how we and others prevent wildfires on our lands
- Read our Sears Point press coverage:
Restoring tidal marsh at Sears Point
Read the article
- Learn about the Sonoma Valley Wildlife Corridor
- Learn more about our work to protect the open land of the SDC