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Allison Sanford named chair of Sonoma Land Trust board of directors

June 19, 2018—Allison Sanford of Santa Rosa has been named the new chair of the Sonoma Land Trust’s board of directors. A board member since 2009, Sanford brings to the position a wealth of experience in public administration and marketing, most recently working for the County of Sonoma where she served as chief of staff to former county supervisor Tim Smith for 17 years.

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Sonoma Land Trust acquires land with redwoods and steelhead in wildlife corridor — will be added to Hood Mountain Regional Park

March 29, 2018Sonoma Land Trust has closed escrow on a 40-acre property next to Hood Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve that contains the last stand of redwoods in the upper Santa Rosa Creek watershed, and that is part of a major regional wildlife linkage.

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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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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

Pete and Patty Mattson plan a legacy to save coastal redwoods

SANTA ROSA, CALIF., October 25, 2016

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. See press release

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

Public invited to celebration & ribbon-cutting ceremony at site of Sears Point Wetland Restoration Project

SANTA ROSA, CALIF., May 9, 2016

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. See press release

Land conservation collaboration protects 547-acre Estero Ranch

SANTA ROSA, CALIF., January 7, 2016

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. See press release


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