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Dave Koehler to retire


He plans to retire in October 2019; search is on for his successor. 

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Report: Adaptive Management for Stewardship of Recreation to Maintain Wildlife Habitat Connectivity

Report cover

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Sonoma Land Trust Riders’ Guide

Baylands Brochure


Welcome new board chair
Allison Sanford!

Allison has been on our board since 2009 and has been named the new chair of our board of directors, replacing Neal Fishman. 

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Bay Nature feature on 
Sonoma wildlife corridor

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WHITE PAPER: San Pablo Baylands: Ensuring a Resilient Shoreline

Spring 2017 newsletter

Recommendations to ensure the Highway 37 redesign is consistent with conservation and restoration goals. 

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SR 37 – Baylands Group

Future of Sonoma Developmental Center is in our hands

Sign up to stay informed and involved through our Transform SDC Blog.

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.

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Sonoma Valley Wildlife Corridor

Wildlife Corridor Brochure

Rural Landowner Brochure

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

Results of the Wildlife Corridor underpass report


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Wildlife Corridor Mgmt & Monitoring Strategy

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Video about Stuart Creek Run creek restoration

Watch the video (3 min.)

Sonoma Developmental Center (SDC)

SDC Draft Resources Assessment

Draft Resources Assessment

SDC Draft report

SDC Coalition Brochure

Coalition brochure

Brochure about building tidal marsh

Tidal Marsh

What’s New?

Pole Mountain and Jenner Headlands Preserves NOW OPEN

Tolay Creek Ranch

Both preserves open for hiking daily from 8am—sunset.

Learn more
View trail map
Sea to Sky Trail Safety Info
Read Press Democrat article
Read about hiking to the Pole Mtn summit
More background info
Watch OpenRoad TV story!

Views from Pole Mountain

We had a great summer at Bay Camp!

Tolay Creek Ranch

A big thank you to our funders and participants.
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Sonoma-Index Tribune Bay Camp article

We’ve acquired a new property with redwoods and steelhead in the wildlife corridor!

Tolay Creek Ranch

(SANTA ROSA, CALIF., March 29, 2018) ­— Sonoma Land Trust has closed escrow on a 40-acre property next to Hood Mountain Regional Park that contains the last stand of redwoods in the upper Santa Rosa Creek watershed, and that  is part of a major regional wildlife linkage.

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Tolay Creek Ranch

Read Press Democrat article

Injured hawk rehabbed and released at Sears Point Ranch

After the fires, our Baylands manager found a badly injured hawk trapped in burnt fencing at Sears Point Ranch. Thanks to Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue, the bird was rehabilitated and able to be released over the holidays. Watch the video above and read the full story in our Mountains + Molehills blog.

Sonoma County Region Fire History 1939 to 2017 

mapSonoma County Region Fire History 1939 to 2017 is an interactive animated map showing prior fires in and around Sonoma County over the past eight decades.

View interactive map

Read our fire update



Sonoma Land Trust donates 1,665-acre ranch to Regional Parks

Doubles size of Tolay Lake Regional Park

Tolay Creek Ranch

mapMarch 3, 2017 ­— In November of 2007, Sonoma Land Trust purchased a 1,665-acre property in southern Sonoma County at risk of subdivision and vineyard development and named it Tolay Creek Ranch. The acquisition of Tolay Creek Ranch also completed the protection of a 7,500-acre wildlife corridor extending from the foothills of Sonoma Mountain to the bay. With sweeping views of San Francisco Bay, dazzling wildflower displays and plenty of space for hiking, the ranch was well suited to becoming a park — particularly since it is situated adjacent to 1,737-acre Tolay Lake Regional Park. Today, after nearly 10 years of resource assessments, habitat enhancement and creek restoration activities, Sonoma Land Trust has donated Tolay Creek Ranch to Sonoma County Regional Parks, a move that will double the size of Tolay Lake park.

Read Press Democrat story
Read press release

Towering old-growth forest … protected forever

Howlett RanchOld-growth redwoods at Howlett Ranch.

April 19, 2017 — The project has been completed. Howlett Ranch is now protected for all time!

February 21, 2017 ­— Back in 2014, Sonoma Land Trust began working to help a family on the North Coast protect their 1,380-acre property that includes one of the last remaining intact old-growth forests in Sonoma County. The property is also adjacent to Buckeye Forest, the former Preservation Ranch, and so provides desirable habitat connectivity. Thanks to the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Sonoma Land Trust provided the landowners with a loan that enabled them to keep their forest intact until they could complete the sale of a conservation easement to our partner, the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District. In the meanwhile, our acquisitions staff also secured additional funding from the Moore Foundation ($1.28 million) and The San Francisco Foundation ($50,000) toward the $6.13 million easement cost. Today, we’re excited to announce that the Open Space District received approval this week from its Board of Directors (the Board of Supervisors) to purchase the conservation easement over Howlett Ranch. “Projects like this one are important because it takes generations to restore old-growth redwood habitat — so we need to protect what remains now while we have the chance,” says land acquisition project manager Ariel Patashnik.

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Celebrating 40 Years of Land Protection!

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

Wendy Eliot
Wendy 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, 2015 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

Features & Media

Read our latest eNews

Read our new annual report



Learn about our new Business Partner program

Business Partner program

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Stick your head in our fun
blog, and get the dirt on stewardship happenings on our land.

Mountains + Molehills

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Visiting Sears Point?

Baylands Brochure

Download this brochure for your visit. 

Follow the Open Road with Doug McConnell

Discover the new trail to Pole Mountain

Open Road

Fire recovery on our land

Open Road

Enjoy the story on our Tolay Creek Ranch becoming part of Tolay Lake Regional Park

Open Road at Tolay Creek Ranch

And this interview with our executive director, Dave Koehler

Open Road interview

And last season’s stories:

Sonoma Valley Wildlife Corridor (“Highway of Hope”)

Sears Point Wetland Restoration

Spring newsletter

Spring 2017 newsletter

Learn about our new acquisition for wildlife, the opening of Pole Mountain and the Jenner Headlands, living with fire, protecting the Russian River, and more!


Conserving the Sonoma County Wildlife Corridor

Wildlife Corridor video
A one-minute video produced by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, funders of our work to protect the wildlife corridor.

Watch it here

 VIDEO: The Marsh ­— Baylands in Transition

The Marsh video

This 11-minute video sheds light on the Bayland’s vast history of native use, economic incentive, agricultural productivity and land preservation.

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Land-to-marsh transition at Sears Point

Enjoy this outstanding 4-minute video. Caution: You WILL get carried away by the visuals!

Bayland video

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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 six-minute video about the important work being done by land trusts and resource conservation districts.
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Burrowing owl

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