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Sonoma County Landscape Photo of Enchanted Woods

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.

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The Bay won! Thanks for voting for Measure AA

May-June, 2016

Read our executive director Dave Koehler’s op-ed from the Press Democrat.

Read John King's new story, Rising Reality, in the San Francisco Chronicle, which also talks about our wetland restoration work in terms of sea level rise.

Also read David Bolling's evocative story in Valley of the Moon magazine on his experience of the Sears Point restoration from a kayak and why he believes Measure AA is essential.

What’s in it for Sonoma County? from Sonoma West

It was a glorious opening of the new Bay Trail at Sears Point!

May 15, 2016
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Press Democrat
Marin IJ
Sonoma Index-Tribune

Inspiring story from KGO-TV about our Sears Point Wetland Restoration project!

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In-depth interview about Sonoma Land Trust from KSRO-Radio

February 2015

We’ve saved Pole Mountain — the highest point on the Sonoma Coast!

June 30, 2014 —Today, nearly a year to the day of signing the purchase contract, Sonoma Land Trust has closed escrow on Pole Mountain Preserve, which, at 2,204 feet, is the highest peak along the Sonoma Coast. A longtime conservation priority, Pole Mountain’s 238 acres connect the Jenner Headlands with Little Black Mountain Preserve near Cazadero. With the only building being an historic and still-active fire lookout tower, this acquisition will ensure that the wild and scenic landscape will remain a refuge for wildlife and hikers rather than gated estate homes with vineyards.

Press Democrat
San Francisco Chronicle

Sears Point Groundbreaking, June 2014

Press Democrat
Sonoma Index-Tribune
Vallejo Times-Herald
Petaluma Argus-Courier

First Transform SDC meeting
Sat., May 2, 9-1

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Sonoma Land Trust leader Ralph Benson leaving

Ralph Benson took a sip of coffee on a recent drizzly morning and pointed out the windows of the spare old ranch house, where he lives near Glen Ellen, to some of the land he’s spent the past decade trying to shield from development. Benson, 72, has led the Sonoma Land Trust in conserving about 33,000 acres around the county since 2003.

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Listen to KRCB Radio interview with Ralph

Sonoma Land Trust purchases Haire Ranch on Skaggs Island

Ranch holds the key to long-awaited 4,400-acre wetland restoration

December 13, 2013 — Sonoma Land Trust has acquired the 1,092-acre Haire Ranch on Skaggs Island along Highway 37, a long-sought after acquisition that will enable the restoration of 4,400 acres of diked baylands to wetlands. SLT has joined with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in a local-federal partnership that demonstrates the national significance of wetland restoration in San Pablo Bay.

San Francisco Chronicle
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Vallejo Times-Herald
Sonoma Index-Tribune

SAVED: Curreri property in the Sonoma Valley Wildlife Corridor!

October 30, 2014 — Today, Sonoma Land Trust closed escrow on 29 acres known as the “Curreri property,” which sits in the “pinchpoint” of the imperiled Sonoma Valley Wildlife Corridor. “The importance of this acquisition belies its smaller acreage,” says project manager John McCaull. “Like a puzzle, sometimes it is the smaller pieces that make everything come together.” Upon closing, the Land Trust immediately transferred the property to Sonoma County Regional Parks to be added to the 162-acre Sonoma Valley Regional Park. Along with its value for wildlife, the Curreri property offers panoramic views of the Sonoma Valley, Sonoma Mountain, the Mayacamas Range, and San Pablo and San Francisco Bays. “For my family, this is a legacy issue,” says seller Paul Curreri. “Our land is really more valuable as a place where children can connect with nature and wildlife can continue to roam.”

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Sonoma Index-Tribune article

Wildlife crossing gets protection in land deal

Press Democrat, By Eloisa Ruano Gonzales

The trust is buying the property with support from the county after the Board of Supervisors this week authorized spending more than $500,000 in open space funds. The land will become part of the existing 162-acre Sonoma Valley Regional Park, giving visitors more woodlands and grasslands to explore. [October 24, 2014] Go to story

Open space adds 29-acre Curreri site

Sonoma Index-Tribune, By E. A. Barrera/Special to the Index-Tribune

Sonoma Valley’s open spaces are about to expand. The county’s Board of Supervisors appears ready to approve the purchase of 29 acres along Highway 12 in Glen Ellen as an addition to the county’s regional parks. Known as the Curreri property, it is land owned by the Curreri family. The entire property consists of a little over 35 acres, but the family will retain ownership of roughly six acres for their personal use. [October 20, 2014] Go to story

Land trust buys Sonoma's Pole Mountain for public use

San Francisco Chronicle, by Kurtis Alexander

The highest peak along the Sonoma County coast will soon open to the public for hiking. Little-known Pole Mountain, a 2,204-foot point that has long been in private hands, was purchased by a local land trust that plans to lead tours to the summit and ultimately create a public trail to the top. [July 1, 2014] Go to story

Pole Mountain protected under $2.3 million deal

Press Democrat, By Jamie Hansen

June 30, 2014 — Pole Mountain towers 2,204 feet over the ocean between Jenner and Cazadero, the highest peak along the Sonoma coast. Nearly undisturbed by humans for centuries, it features sweeping vistas of the ocean and paths through rolling grasslands spotted with ancient trees. On Monday, private owners sold a 238-acre parcel, which includes the peak, to the Sonoma Land Trust, ensuring preservation and public access. Go to story

Work begins to restore Sears Point wetlands

Sonoma Index-Tribune, by Bill Hoban

June 10, 2014 — Work has started on the $18-million Sears Point wetland restoration project south of Highway 37, but it could be 30 years or more until nature completes what the Sonoma Land Trust and Ducks Unlimited have started. Go to story

Ambitious project seeks to restore Sears Point wetlands

Press Democrat, By Derek Moore

June 6, 2014 — Bulldozers ripped into a hayfield Friday, beginning a project to transform nearly 1,000 acres south of Sonoma into a tidal marsh and levee system that organizers say will support wildlife, provide flood control and offer new recreational opportunities for visitors. Go to story

Turning back the tide in marsh restoration near Vallejo

Vallejo Times-Herald

June 6, 2014 — A piece of land along Highway 37 which was once slated for a casino resort will soon be converted to tidal marshlands with a new Bay Trail segment. Go to story

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