Press Releases


Sheri Cardo
Director of Communications
(707) 526-6930 ext. 111

Sonoma Land Trust donates 1,665-acre ranch to Regional Parks

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.

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Towering old-growth forest … protected forever

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.

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$1 million gift to launch Sonoma Coast Forest Land Protection Fund

Sonoma Land Trust has established the Pete and Patty Mattson Sonoma Coast Forest Land Protection Fund. Enabled by a legacy gift from the Mattsons, estimated at $1 million, this Fund celebrates a lifetime of memories and experiences that the Mattsons have shared from living among the Sonoma Coast redwoods and taking action to protect them.

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New 2.5-mile segment of Bay Trail to open at Sears Point

Sonoma Land Trust, the San Francisco Bay Trail and the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge invite the community to join in the grand opening of the new 2.5-mile extension of the San Francisco Bay Trail, part of Sonoma Land Trust’s Sears Point Wetland Restoration Project. The new segment of Bay Trail will open to the public Sunday, May 15, from 2—6pm; the entrance is located on Reclamation Road, south of the Highway 37/Lakeville Highway intersection.

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Land conservation collaboration protects 547-acre Estero Ranch

Advancing their shared missions to protect scenic, agricultural and biologically significant landscapes, Sonoma Land Trust (SLT), the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation & Open Space District (District) and The Wildlands Conservancy (TWC) teamed up with the California Coastal Conservancy and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to purchase the 547-acre Estero Ranch, located south of Bodega Bay.

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SEA CHANGE: Redrawing the map of San Francisco Bay

A major transformation is coming to the northern coast of San Francisco Bay. After 10 years of planning and raising $18 million, on Sunday, October 25, Sonoma Land Trust will breach the levee along the bay at Sears Point Ranch (located just south of the Highway 37/Lakeville Highway intersection) to allow salt water to fill the recently constructed 1,000-acre tidal marsh basin. This area will begin to evolve to tidal marsh, much as it was 140 years ago before being diked off from the bay.

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