Press Releases


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

$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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Key property in Sonoma Valley Wildlife Corridor acquired for parkland by Sonoma Land Trust, Ag & Open Space District and Regional Parks

By the end of this month, Sonoma Land Trust expects to acquire 29 acres known as the “Curreri property” along Highway 12 in Glen Ellen, with partial funding from the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District. Upon close of escrow, the Land Trust will immediately transfer the property to Sonoma County Regional Parks to be added to the 162-acre Sonoma Valley Regional Park.

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