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¡Hola to our new Bay Camp at Sears Point!

Bay Camp
Sonoma Land Trust is proud to announce the creation of its first Bay Camp at Sears Point on San Pablo Bay. Children ages 7−12 will bicycle the Bay Trail, kayak the protected waters and explore the marsh habitat, learning about the wildlife and plants that live in this valuable ecosystem. The Bay Camp program will emphasize the development of environmental literacy and incorporate both English and Spanish into the learning activities. It is being funded in part by grants from the State Coastal Conservancy’s Explore the Coast program, the Vadasz Family Foundation, the Community Foundation’s Environmental Education grant program and generous supporters of the Land Trust. We are opening up some additional spaces in the camp, which runs in week-long sessions from mid-July to early August. Please inquire about reduced rates and scholarships, as well as transportation to and from the camp.

Learn more here

Thanking Supervisor Gorin for her vision and leadership

Susan GorinIn 2012, Sonoma County First District Supervisor Susan Gorin had the foresight to bring together a coalition of local groups to prepare for the inevitable closure of the Sonoma Developmental Center (SDC) as a residential hospital for people with developmental disabilities. That first meeting led to the formation of the SDC Coalition, which now includes over 22 county agencies and nonprofit partners. We would like to thank Supervisor Gorin for her tireless leadership and engagement on SDC. Five years of local organizing and many trips to Sacramento have created a trusting and positive relationship with state officials and we couldn’t have done it without her!

Keep current on SDC progress

Impact100 Sonoma supports land conservation

(L-R) Diana Sanson, Impact100; John McCaull, Dave Koehler, Tony Nelson and Shannon Nichols of Sonoma Land Trust; and Claudia Sims and Wendy Hoffman, Impact100.

For the first time in its history, the Impact100 Sonoma group, a women’s grant-making organization, awarded its $100,000 “Impact Grant” to support land conservation efforts. Sonoma Land Trust is thrilled to be the recipient of the 2017 “Impact Grant” and will use the funds to engage the community to create a plan for permanently protecting the land of SDC before it closes in 2018. SLT first started working on this proposal with Impact100 three years ago and, as John McCaull said at the awards ceremony, “When the time came to do something here that's going to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Impact100 stepped up in a big way.”

Learn more about protecting SDC’s land

What’s happening now with the Sonoma Developmental Center?

SDCOver the next six months, the State will conduct a thorough site assessment of SDC and by early 2018 we can expect a site conditions report on the status of the buildings and the land. While the State is working on the site assessment, SLT is working with the SDC Coalition and the community to create a plan for how to permanently protect the 700 acres of undeveloped land and wildlife habitat on the grounds of SDC. 

Read more about the site assessment in the local press:

Press Democrat
Sonoma Index-Tribune
Kenwood Press

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June 2017

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Soundscapes to landscapes


Soundscapes to Landscapes is a science-based, NASA-funded project involving Sonoma Land Trust and other local organizations, like Sonoma State University, Point Blue Conservation Science, Audubon California, Pepperwood Preserve and the Open Space District. Citizen scientists are placing sound recorders in a variety of habitats around the Mark West watershed, including on two SLT conservation easement properties. After a few days, the “soundscape” recordings will be uploaded and analyzed for bird species, resulting in countywide maps of bird diversity. We can’t wait to hear the results!

Mike Thompson fights for conservation funding

Mike Thompson
A big thank you to Representative Thompson for his work to restore proposed spending cuts to the Land and Water Conservation Fund. First established in 1964, the Fund is America’s premier federal program conserving our nation’s land, water, and historic and recreation heritage. While the President’s budget calls for an 85 percent cut to this successful program, Rep. Thompson is leading the charge in Congress to keep it well funded.

Read Rep. Thompson’s letter to his colleagues

It’s about the trees

Forest Conference

Nearly 200 people gathered at SRJC June 7–9 for the 2017 North Coast Forest Conservation Conference. SLT and the Sonoma County Forest Conservation Working Group hosted this information-rich event, focused on protecting and stewarding our forest ecosystems, economies and communities. Teri Shore of Greenbelt Alliance wrote an enjoyable synopsis of the conference.

Read it here

SLT in National Geographic!

Enjoy this captivating look at the efforts being made to reestablish tidal marsh around San Francisco Bay. Written by former SF Chronicle environmental reporter Jane Kay, the story includes “our restoration success story” at Sears Point.

Read it here

So long, farewell

Jen Stanfield
We’re sad to announce that staffer Jen Stanfield will be leaving us in early July. Jen, a valued member of our stewardship team, will be moving on to a position with the volunteer program at Regional Parks. We wish her the very best!


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