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  • 2016−2020 Strategic Plan
    We invite you to review our long-term vision and goals, and the conservation initiatives that your land trust will be working to complete over the next five years.

    Download the Strategic Plan

  • Sears Point Interpretive Talks and Bird Walks

    Every Saturday at the Sears Point Tidal Marsh from 9–noon
    Walk the newest section of the Bay Trail and experience the tidal marsh lands. Docents will be on hand to answer questions and orient visitors to the site. No registration needed!
    Parking area on Reclamation Road just south of the Lakeville Hwy/Hwy 37 intersection.

Sonoma Valley Wildlife Corridor

Sonoma Developmental Center (SDC)

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Burrowing owl

BAOSC Member

What’s New?

Winter Bird Walks at Sears Point

Sears Point Docent Series

1st and 3rd Saturdays
Through February
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Celebrating 40 Years of Land Protection!

We've acquired a 162-acre property in the wildlife corridor

Wendy EliotWendy Eliot, Sonoma Land Trust’s conservation director, takes in the peaceful surroundings of Santa Rosa Creek near its headwaters in the Mayacamas Mountains. Photo by Kent Porter/Press Democrat.

June 30, 2016 — Sonoma Land Trust has purchased a stunning property in the Mayacamas to add to Hood Mountain Regional Park.

Read more here

It was a glorious opening of the new Bay Trail at Sears Point!

Bay Trail
Hundreds of people enjoyed walking along the new Bay Trail on May 15. Photo by Beth Schlanker/Press Democrat.

Read all about it:
Press Democrat
Marin IJ
Sonoma Index-Tribune

Download brochure
with map of the new Bay Trail!



DONE DEAL! Estero Ranch has been protected forever

Estero Ranch

On December 24, we closed on 547-acre Estero Ranch, offering both Estero Americano frontage and Pacific coastline from which one can see Point Reyes, Bodega Head and Doran Beach. Read more here

Read January 7, 2016 Press Democrat article

Read October 29, 2015 Press Democrat article

View aerial video (4 min.)

Breaching the Sears Point levee to restore 1,000 acres of tidal marsh (Oct. 2015)

Astonishing two-minute video of the breach

Sea Change

Key press coverage
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
San Francisco Chronicle
KPIX-TV Channel 5
Marin IJ
Valley of the Moon Magazine
Fun Twitter compilation by SF Bay Tide

Video about the restoration with Julian Meisler (5 min.)

Julian Meisler video

Brochure about building tidal marsh

Julian Meisler video






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  • New!
    Winter newsletter

    Learn about Tolay Creek Ranch becoming a park, our amazing founders, citizen scientists monitoring bird life at Sears Point and the status of SDC.

    Download here
  • Fall newsletter

    Read about upcoming land acquisitions, the expanded wildlife corridor project from Napa to Marin, our new business member program, and more.

    Download here
  • New grant expands wildlife corridor work

    Bayland video

    The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation recently granted us $2.1 million to extend our efforts all the way to Napa and Marin. Read more here:

    Press Democrat
    Sonoma Index-Tribune
    Kenwood Press
  • 2015−2016 Report to the Community
    Making a splash at Sears Point, another big save along the coast, expanding our work in the wildlife corridor and more ­­— it’s all here.

    Read our annual report
  • Follow the Open Road

    Bayland video
    Doug McConnell and his Open Road TV team produced two insightful stories on our projects this year. Enjoy!:

    Sonoma Valley Wildlife Corridor (“Highway of Hope”)

    Sears Point Wetland Restoration

  • Spring newsletter: Vote for Measure AA, next steps for wildlife corridor, preserving land forever

  • Enjoy this outstanding 4-minute video about the land-to-marsh transition at Sears Point. CAUTION: You WILL get carried away by the visuals!

    Bayland video

  • Stick your head in our fun
    new blog, MOUNTAINS + MOLEHILLS, and get the dirt on stewardship happenings on our land.

    Mountains + Molehills

    Read the blog

  • In-depth interview about Sonoma Land Trust from KSRO-Radio

  • Featured Video:
    “A State of Harmony”

    Tony Nelson

    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

  • Inspiring story from KGO-TV about our Sears Point Wetland Restoration project!

    Watch the video

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