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Bay Camp: fun and gratitude

Bay Camp
Our first bilingual summer camp at Sears Point was a big hit. “It’s awesome!” said 10-year-old Wendy Escobar. “I love the kayaking most — and seeing all the birds.” Eight-year-old Orion Velasquez said he really enjoyed the bike riding and kayaking. Children ages 6−13 spent their days at the recently restored wetland bicycling, kayaking and exploring the marsh ecology. Grants from the California Coastal Conservancy’s Explore the Coast program, Community Foundation Sonoma County and Vadasz Family Foundation, as well as generous donations from Gordon Dow and Julia Pollock, supported the program’s creation and development. AmeriCan Adventures, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Innovative Screen Printing donated their goods and services, and numerous volunteers assisted with the camp. We wish to thank all our campers, volunteers and supporters, as well as well as our partners La Luz Center and the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge, for a successful first year.

Watch “A Day at Bay Camp” video (2 min.)

SLT receives $250,000 grant for Greenway project

Aerial view of Greenway
Sonoma Land Trust has received a $250,000 grant from Community Foundation Sonoma County, made possible through the generous legacy of donors Hazel and Roland Todd. This grant will support the acquisition and transformation of a two-mile-long, 47-acre vacant property belonging to Caltrans into a new urban greenway park and open space called the Santa Rosa Southeast Greenway. “Sonoma Land Trust recognizes that most Californians live in urban areas with limited access to open space; we are excited to play a part in this one-time opportunity to bring nature within a short walk of many city residents,” says Wendy Eliot, Sonoma Land Trust’s conservation director. “This grant marks a significant step toward making the Greenway vision a reality.”

Learn more here

Sears Point is changing before our eyes

Sears Point
Margot Buchbinder, SF State graduate student, and Anna Deck, NERR research technician, in the field at Sears Point.

Sears Point is quickly evolving into beautiful tidal wetlands. Since the breach in October 2015, change is the name of the game. Sediment from the bay is flowing in and building up in the marsh, which is a very good thing. In some places, we’ve seen as much as three feet of accumulation. More than 7,000 birds were sighted by our citizen scientists during six surveys this year. Our fish biologists sampled nearly 1,600 fish during two spring sampling events. Our partnership with the National Estuarine Research Reserve has been incredibly productive, with mapping of cordgrass, pickleweed and other vegetation underway. Sediment measurements are yielding interesting patterns and graduate students are looking at the effectiveness of the mounds. Want to get involved with bird monitoring? Contact Julian Meisler. Want to see more of what we’ve learned so far?  

See monitoring report from the first 18 months

New bridge at Live Oaks Ranch to enhance natural habitat, water quality

Bridge constructionEarlier this summer, we broke ground on a project to replace an old, eroding concrete and culvert bridge on Bidwell Creek at our Live Oaks Ranch near Mt. St. Helena. Bidwell Creek, which flows into Maacama Creek and ultimately the Russian River, supports protected species such as California red-legged frogs, freshwater shrimp, steelhead trout and even Coho salmon downstream. By replacing the old failing structure with a new free-span bridge, we are helping to restore the natural stream bed, provide better passage for aquatic wildlife through the creek corridor and stop erosion that degrades water quality. Along with the new bridge, we’ll plant native trees and shrubs that improve habitat and provide shade. This project marks a significant step toward enhancing the habitat and water quality of an important tributary to the Russian River.

Photo: Steel framing for one of the two footings that the new bridge will rest on. The culverts in the background will be removed from the creek once the new bridge is complete.

August 2017

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On the land this fall

Fall Outing
Apple-pressing on the farm, sing-along in nature, birding along the shores of San Pablo Bay and more! Join us on a fall outing and experience one of the special places you’ve helped to protect!

View our fall outings

Visions of the Wild

Visions of the Wild
“Changing Landscapes” is the theme of the 4th annual “Visions of the Wild” free film and art festival connecting nature, culture and community. Taking place in downtown Vallejo Sept. 6−10, the festival has selected Sonoma Land Trust’s “The Marsh — Baylands in Transition,” as one of its short films to be shown Friday, Sept. 8 at 8pm. And there’s lots more cool stuff planned, too!

More information here

Welcoming Heather

Heather Ah San
Heather Ah San has joined the Land Trust as communications coordinator. A former reporter for the Fairfield Daily Republic, over the past few years, Heather has worked for Burbank Housing and the Santa Rosa Symphony. Welcome aboard, Heather!

Cheers to Kyle and Marian!

Kyle Pinjuv

Marian Vernon
Well-deserved congratulations are in order for Kyle Pinjuv, who has been promoted to associate project manager in the stewardship department, and for Marian Vernon, now strategic initiatives project manager in the executive department. We’re lucky to have them here.

SLT in the news

Ann Teller
Oak Hill Farm in Glen Ellen has always sought a healthy balance between nature and agriculture. Anne Teller, a local matriarch of organic farming, is featured in this week’s Kenwood Press talking about her beloved land and longtime relationship with Sonoma Land Trust.   

Read it here

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