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SB 5 for parks approved by California Legislature

Park rally
A rally in Sacramento last week encouraging legislators to vote for SB 5.

GREAT NEWS! In the wee hours of the 2017 session, the California Legislature passed SB 5, which will provide $4 billion to protect and restore California’s parks, protect wildlife habitat and other natural resources, and improve water quality. SB 5 is the first park bond passed by the Legislature in 15 years, and offers more funding for conservation and natural resources than any previous measure. Once the Governor signs the bill, SB 5 will appear on the ballot next June for voter consideration.

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Sonoma Land Trust is a “Best Place to Work!”

SLT staff
A recent photograph of current Sonoma Land Trust employees, minus a handful of key staff who were out in the field that day. Photo by Laurie-Ann Barbour.

2017 WinnerAfter receiving nominations and anonymous employee surveys, and conducting extensive review, the North Bay Business Journal has recognized Sonoma Land Trust as “one of the Best Places to Work in the North Bay.” A special reception will be held on September 26 to acknowledge all of the winners and a special publication supplementing that week’s issue of the Business Journal will showcase them. We are very proud of this distinction and what it signifies about our culture and commitment, and we’re looking forward to celebrating with our fellow victors.

Thanking our supporters and hosts

DonorsOn August 26, we toasted a small but mighty group of donors and partners who made access to the restored Stuart Creek Run in Glen Ellen doable. Now interested individuals can visit the site and learn about our efforts to reestablish an historic California steelhead run. A few weeks later, on September 16, Christine Russell and Mark Schlesinger hosted a tomato-tasting event at their Little Paradise Farm for 40 donors who are Evergreen and Summit Circle members. Guests tasted several varieties of tomatoes, enjoyed a tour with farmer Christian Cartano and left with delicious tomatoes, small batch bloody Mary mix made from Little Paradise Farm ingredients and olive oil made by Nancy Fee. These events both speak to the strong community that surrounds Sonoma Land Trust and makes our work possible. Thank you to our generous hosts and donors — we love celebrating with you!

(L−R) Donor Margaret Sokoloski, project manager Doug Hanford and board member Judy Scotchmoor at the Stuart Creek Run event.

Sears Point project receives prestigious engineering award

Sears Point

Your land trust is thrilled that the Sears Point Wetland Restoration Project won the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) San Francisco Section’s award for Outstanding Flood Management Project as part of its annual awards program honoring remarkable accomplishments in civil engineering. Sonoma Land Trust, Ducks Unlimited and other project partners were honored at the ASCE awards ceremony and dinner on September 14. Among its objectives, the Sears Point project aims to provide protection from flooding due to rising sea levels and storm surges.

Read about Sears Point’s progress here

Emergency responder plan for Jenner Headlands and Pole Mountain

Response Plan Staff from SLT and The Wildlands Conservancy met with representatives from the Monte Rio Volunteer Fire Department, CalFire, California State Parks and the Sonoma County Sheriff’s office to orient first responders to the recreational complex at the Jenner Headlands Preserve and update them on plans for public access upon completion of the parking lot and trailhead. The meetings were informative and helped us develop protocols for various emergency scenarios and consider additional signage and amenities to improve response time. A draft emergency response plan and map — including safe routes for responders — has been completed and will be updated over time.

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Celebrate Bay Day!

Bay Day

Join in celebrating San Francisco Bay at the second annual Bay Day on October 7 at Sears Point! Our docents will lead a guided walk along the Bay Trail as well as a morning bird walk along the Dickson Trail. A self-guided audio tour from Vizzit is now available on mobile devices in English and will be available in Spanish by Bay Day.

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10 years of Tony

Tony Nelson
Tony in 2007.

Congratulations to Tony Nelson, Sonoma Valley program manager, on his 10th anniversary with Sonoma Land Trust. Formerly stewardship director at Marin Agricultural Land Trust, Tony is a wildlife ecologist and certified rangeland specialist who is working to protect the wildlife corridor that runs through the Sonoma Valley to the Napa and Marin borders.

Sing-along in nature

Join guest singers Alan and Elana for a fun singing circle while enjoying the beautiful outdoors at Glen Oaks Ranch. No musical acumen necessary! Afterward, stroll along the trails through the forested hillsides.

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Sears Point bird walks

Birds at Sears Point

Fall is underway and the birds are back! Take the opportunity to observe and learn about the shorebirds at Sears Point from our experienced docents. Bird walks take place on select Saturdays through October.

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We have new staff!

Emily Klein
Emily Klein has joined us as business program manager. In this new position, Emily will be developing lasting connections with like-minded businesses in our community. A Sonoma County native, Emily brings 11 years’ experience planning special events throughout Wine Country, most recently as hospitality specialist for Constellation Brands. Welcome, Emily!

Kate Freeman
Kate Freeman
joined us this month as the new stewardship assistant project manager for the Sonoma Mountain and Valley region. With years of experience in research and conservation, Kate comes to us from Stantec Consulting in Petaluma where she served as a wildlife biologist. Glad you’re here, Kate!

Our coastal geography

Book Cover

Ever drive along the North Coast and ask yourself “How’d that rock get there?” or “What’s a gargoyle formation”? Geologist Thomas Cochrane — who has helped lead some of our coastal outings — explores these questions and more in his fascinating new book, “Shaping the Sonoma-Mendocino Coast.”

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