Our Vision

Land Is the Heart of the Community

In Sonoma County, it’s all about the land. Sonoma Land Trust believes that the land is the heart of the community, and that when our land is healthy, our community is healthy.

Sonoma Land Trust is a local, non-governmental, nonprofit organization funded largely by membership contributions. The Land Trust works closely with private landowners, Sonoma Ag + Open Space and other public agencies at all levels of government, nonprofit partners and foundations. Sonoma Land Trust is a member of the California Council of Land Trusts and is accredited by the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission. Since 1976, Sonoma Land Trust has protected nearly 56,000 acres of beautiful, productive and environmentally significant land in and around Sonoma County.

Our county is one of the most beautiful and biologically diverse counties in the United States. We believe it is a treasure that should be enjoyed by our community and protected for future generations. From acquiring land and conservation easements to restoring land and the natural properties on which we depend, to protecting land for wildlife and recreation, we work tirelessly to find ways to preserve the beauty and vitality of Sonoma County. Additionally, we engage the community in the importance and value of this work through outdoor activities and outreach.

We maintain a diverse and expansive network of partnerships to accomplish a wide range of projects. Thanks to the generosity of those who trust in our work, we have been carrying out this mission for more than 40 years.

Our Mission

Sonoma Land Trust protects the scenic, natural, agricultural and open landscapes of Sonoma County for the benefit of the community and future generations by:

  • Developing long-term land protection strategies;
  • Promoting private and public funding for land conservation;
  • Acquiring land and conservation easements;
  • Practicing stewardship, including the restoration of conservation properties; and
  • Promoting a sense of place and a land ethic through activities, education and outreach.

Diversity and Inclusivity

To achieve our mission of protecting the land of Sonoma County forever, we need a broad array of voices representing our community — a rich diversity of talent, ethnicities, backgrounds and beliefs — embodied in our board, staff, interns, volunteers, partners and program participants. We acknowledge there is much work to be done to reach the goal of ensuring our programs, land preserves and resources are shared equitably throughout the community. Further, we know there are many people we have yet to engage in our work and we must overcome the cultural, geographic and economic barriers that hinder our progress in doing so.

As we work to complete a new strategic plan in 2021 to guide us over the next few years, we have consulted experts about whether we are asking the right questions and sufficiently challenging our assumptions about what it will take to become more inclusive. We are committed to taking actions outlined in our 10-Year Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Plan, and we will incorporate specific goals, benchmarks and timelines in our new strategic plan to indicate our pathway forward with measurable steps to track our progress.