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Youngsters enjoy paddling at the Estero

To celebrate nature (and the last week of school), 28 fifth-graders and 10 chaperones from Summerfield Waldorf School, along with teacher Tim Allen, joined us for a kayak trip on the Estero Americano. All of the students were engaged and excited to experience this special waterway, asking excellent questions and making good observations about their surroundings. The kids (and adults) embraced the challenge of paddling two miles roundtrip from the kayak landing to the Pacific Ocean. Afterwards, the students presented us with a book in which everyone had described and illustrated their experiences of that day. It’s a keeper!

Making art on the land

Thomas Jackson, an award-winning fine art photographer in the North Bay, contacted us recently to ask if he could create a two-day art installation on Cougar Mountain at Sears Point. He explained that he builds and photographs sculptures on location depicting artificial objects that mimic swarming behaviors found in nature. Jackson, who has been featured in national publications, including the New Yorker and Harper’s, assured us that his process would be completely non-destructive and that he would remove all traces of his presence and the art so, intrigued, we said, “Sure!”

Above is his photograph of his brief installation at Sears Point. About it, he writes, “I started by building two off-camera structures resembling volleyball nets, between which I suspended about 350 large, colored balls. All went more or less according to plan until mid-afternoon on the second day when, in a direct contradiction of the forecast, the wind started gusting. There were a few tense moments when I thought the whole contraption was going to come tumbling down, but by the time the golden hour rolled around and it was time to take the picture, the conditions were ideal. The last rays of sun were glinting off the distant San Francisco skyline, the coyotes were yipping and I couldn't think of a lovelier way to have spent a day.”

Learn more about Thomas Jackson’s art

Supporting the work of land conservation

Jennifer Bice We’re grateful to the many people who make our work possible, such as Jennifer Bice, founder and managing director of Redwood Hill Farm and Sonoma Land Trust member since 2013. Jennifer sees her support of SLT as an extension of her values of supporting local food and local farmers, careful stewardship of natural resources and humane treatment of her beloved goats. You can learn about Redwood Hill Farm’s admirable sustainability model in our newly released summer newsletter.

Read more here


Big Sur Land Trust visits Santa Rosa Greenway

staff & board members
Staff and board members from our sister land trust in Big Sur visited us in June to learn about the Santa Rosa Southeast Greenway, which possesses a lot of similarities to their Carr Lake project in Salinas. Both are in the center of a town and offer numerous possibilities for enhancing residents’ quality of life once the properties are protected and plans put in place. On the last day of their visit, members of the Greenway Campaign led the group from one end of the proposed greenway to another. It was such an enjoyable promenade and everyone left feeling grateful for our local visionaries who began the quest eight years ago to turn this two-mile stretch of unused land into a benefit for the commons.  



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Follow the open road

Open Road

Watch this new NBC-TV story from OpenRoad with Doug McConnell in which our executive director Dave Koehler presents how we're saving what we all love most about Sonoma County. It’s really beautiful. Enjoy!

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Lions on the mountain

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Pole Mountain, that is, home to this little family of mountain lions. This video was captured by a trailcam belonging to our partner, Felidae Conservation Fund.

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Gateway to the Headlands


Soon you’ll be able to access more land along the Sonoma Coast! With our partners, The Wildlands Conservancy (TWC) and the Open Space District, we recently broke ground on a parking lot and trailhead along Highway 1. By early next year, unguided public access to both the Jenner Headlands and Pole Mountain will be available. Pictured here at the groundbreaking ceremony late last month are (L-R) Brook Edwards of TWC, Bill Keene of the Open Space District and SLT’s Dave Koehler.

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Join Hawk Watch


The Jenner Hawk Watch team is gearing up for the new season, which runs September to November out at the Jenner Headlands. Weekday and weekend watches available from 10am−2pm. Training/orientation provided. Raptor experts Larry Broderick and Dave Barry are the leads. It’s an amazing opportunity to learn about ID’ing raptors and contributing to science.

Interested? Write Larry

Enjoy our newsletter!

Summer 2017 newsletter
This summer, we have focused on our working lands and how they are preserving a distinctive way of life that is such a large part of Sonoma County. Hear from Anne Teller, Jennifer Bice, Ken Orchard, Will Bucklin, Glen Mohring, and more.

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Say hello to Lisa

Lisa Seagraves
This month, Lisa Segraves joined us as our new development assistant. Lisa brings experience in event planning and project management, having worked most recently at Luxury Custom Publishing. Welcome, Lisa!

Hiring in stewardship

Want to work on the land? We are currently accepting applications for the stewardship assistant project manager position, which supports all aspects of preserve stewardship in the Sonoma Valley — including our popular wildlife corridor project!

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Questions or comments? Email Sheri Cardo, managing editor.
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