WHITE PAPER: San Pablo Baylands: Ensuring a Resilient Shoreline
Recommendations to ensure the Highway 37 redesign is consistent with conservation and restoration goals.
Future of Sonoma Developmental Center is in our hands
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Sears Point Interpretive Talks and Bird Walks
Every Saturday at the Sears Point Tidal Marsh from 9–noon
Walk the newest section of the Bay Trail and experience the tidal marsh lands. Docents will be on hand to answer questions and orient visitors to the site. No registration needed!
Parking area on Reclamation Road just south of the Lakeville Hwy/Hwy 37 intersection.
2016−2020 Strategic Plan
We invite you to review our long-term vision and goals, and the conservation initiatives that your land trust will be working to complete over the next five years.
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Sonoma Valley Wildlife Corridor
Grant expands wildlife corridor work
Video about Stuart Creek Run creek restoration
Watch the video (3 min.)
Sonoma Developmental Center (SDC)
Brochure about building tidal marsh
$2 million challenge begins now
We are grateful to Fran Conley, Rob Das and Beth Berkson who have contributed $1 million and challenged us to raise another $1 million by December 31st. When you donate to Sonoma Land Trust this season, you will make a tremendous impact — helping address immediate needs on our preserves and promoting land management practices to make our community more resilient. To donate, click here.
Sonoma County Region Fire History 1939 to 2017
Sonoma Land Trust donates 1,665-acre ranch to Regional Parks
Doubles size of Tolay Lake Regional Park
March 3, 2017 — In November of 2007, Sonoma Land Trust purchased a 1,665-acre property in southern Sonoma County at risk of subdivision and vineyard development and named it Tolay Creek Ranch. The acquisition of Tolay Creek Ranch also completed the protection of a 7,500-acre wildlife corridor extending from the foothills of Sonoma Mountain to the bay. With sweeping views of San Francisco Bay, dazzling wildflower displays and plenty of space for hiking, the ranch was well suited to becoming a park — particularly since it is situated adjacent to 1,737-acre Tolay Lake Regional Park. Today, after nearly 10 years of resource assessments, habitat enhancement and creek restoration activities, Sonoma Land Trust has donated Tolay Creek Ranch to Sonoma County Regional Parks, a move that will double the size of Tolay Lake park.
Read Press Democrat story
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Towering old-growth forest … protected forever
April 19, 2017 — The project has been completed. Howlett Ranch is now protected for all time!
February 21, 2017 — Back in 2014, Sonoma Land Trust began working to help a family on the North Coast protect their 1,380-acre property that includes one of the last remaining intact old-growth forests in Sonoma County. The property is also adjacent to Buckeye Forest, the former Preservation Ranch, and so provides desirable habitat connectivity. Thanks to the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Sonoma Land Trust provided the landowners with a loan that enabled them to keep their forest intact until they could complete the sale of a conservation easement to our partner, the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District. In the meanwhile, our acquisitions staff also secured additional funding from the Moore Foundation ($1.28 million) and The San Francisco Foundation ($50,000) toward the $6.13 million easement cost. Today, we’re excited to announce that the Open Space District received approval this week from its Board of Directors (the Board of Supervisors) to purchase the conservation easement over Howlett Ranch. “Projects like this one are important because it takes generations to restore old-growth redwood habitat — so we need to protect what remains now while we have the chance,” says land acquisition project manager Ariel Patashnik.
Celebrating 40 Years of Land Protection!
We've acquired a 162-acre property in the wildlife corridor
June 30, 2016 — Sonoma Land Trust has purchased a stunning property in the Mayacamas to add to Hood Mountain Regional Park.
Read more here
It was a glorious opening of the new Bay Trail at Sears Point!
Hundreds of people enjoyed walking along the new Bay Trail on May 15. Photo by Beth Schlanker/Press Democrat.
DONE DEAL! Estero Ranch has been protected forever
On December 24, we closed on 547-acre Estero Ranch, offering both Estero Americano frontage and Pacific coastline from which one can see Point Reyes, Bodega Head and Doran Beach. Read more here
Breaching the Sears Point levee to restore 1,000 acres of tidal marsh (Oct. 2015)
Astonishing two-minute video of the breach
Video about the restoration with Julian Meisler (5 min.)
Features & Media
Adding “community” to conservation, the joys of Bay Camp, building on our successes, and more.
Read about agriculture on our lands, Redwood Hill Farm’s sustainability model and a critical SDC update.
Read about changes at Stuart Creek Run, our many ways of getting out on the land, protecting old-growth redwoods, and more. View/download
Conserving the Sonoma County Wildlife Corridor
A one-minute video produced by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, funders of our work to protect the wildlife corridor.
Watch it here
Follow the Open Road with Doug McConnell
Enjoy the story on our Tolay Creek Ranch becoming part of Tolay Lake Regional Park
And last season’s stories:
Sonoma Valley Wildlife Corridor (“Highway of Hope”)
Sears Point Wetland Restoration
VIDEO: The Marsh — Baylands in Transition
This 11-minute video sheds light on the Bayland’s vast history of native use, economic incentive, agricultural productivity and land preservation.
Learn about Tolay Creek Ranch becoming a park, our amazing founders, citizen scientists monitoring bird life at Sears Point and the status of SDC.
Land-to-marsh transition at Sears Point
MOUNTAINS + MOLEHILLS
Stick your head in our
blog, and get the dirt on stewardship happenings on our land.
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In-depth interview about Sonoma Land Trust from KSRO-Radio
“A State of Harmony”
Our stewardship manager Tony Nelson is featured in this six-minute video about the important work being done by land trusts and resource conservation districts.
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