Protect the Land
A preservation award
For our renovation of the historic stone barn at Glen Oaks Ranch
John McCaull joins acquisitions staff
Will focus on Sonoma Valley
More about John
- Celebrating Ralph Benson's 10-year anniversary
Since 2003, SLT’s protected lands have grown from 15,000 to 47,000 acres; membership has doubled and the budget has increased five-fold. How has Ralph created such a successful organization?
Read his story here
- Meet new board member
Fred is founding CEO of Virgin America Airlines and Flexjet, and former president and CEO of Lufthansa and Delta.
- GO WILD!
Enjoy the fall raptor migration. Sign up here for fall hikes & raptor ID events.
- Another $5 million secured for Sears Point project
- PRESERVATION RANCH:
Read Press Democrat article
- Sonoma Land Trust secures $4 million for Sears Point Wetlands Restoration Project
- 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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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!
Sonoma Land Trust purchases Haire Ranch on Skaggs Island
Ranch holds the key to long-awaited 4,400-acre wetland restoration
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.
Haire Ranch press coverage
Sonoma resident Bill Jasper has offered to match all donations made by December 31 up to a total of $250,000. This means your donation of $50 will result in a gift of $100. Bill has also offered to match gifts of $1,000 or more on a two-to-one basis. Thus, a gift of $1,000 will result in $3,000 for Sonoma Land Trust! Bill is making this special gift because he believes deeply in the land conservation work that Sonoma Land Trust is doing throughout the county. “Private philanthropy is more important than ever,” says Bill. “It enables the Land Trust to acquire and restore some of Sonoma County’s most beautiful landscapes. With fewer tax funds available, donations play a vital role in keeping Sonoma Land Trust flexible and ready to jump on opportunities to protect the land we love.” For information about making a year-end donation or to donate stock, please contact Beverly Scottland at (707) 526-6930, ext. 108 or Beverly@sonomalandtrust.org.
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.
Watch a burrowing owl at the new home
we built for him in the Baylands View larger
Sonoma Land Trust and LandPaths link up to create 544-acre Bohemia Ecological Preserve
We built it -- and they came!
Read Sonoma I-T article on new burrowing owls at Sears Point
Update: Restoring tidal marsh
at Sears Point
Features & Media
Learn about the Sonoma Valley Wildlife Corridor
- Winter newsletter
Learn about Haire Ranch, Sonoma Valley Wildlife Corridor, Pole Mountain, and more.
- Learn more about our work to protect the open land of the SDC
- Fall newsletter
Learn more about Pole Mountain, activities at Sears Point Ranch, transferring the Jenner Headlands, and more.
- 2012-13 Annual Report to the Community
A recap of protecting the Sonoma Valley Wildlife Corridor, and restoration in the Baylands and in the North Coast forest, and much more
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Sonoma Land Trust could purchase Sonoma Coast's highest peak
Read Press Democrat article
- Spring newsletter
Learn more about the race to save Preservation Ranch
- Winter newsletter
All about the Stuart Creek wildlife corridor
- Preserving a path for wildlife in Sonoma Valley
Read Press Democrat story