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Sonoma Land Trust attains national accreditation

Your land trust is celebrating the fact that our application for accreditation has been approved by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. Sonoma Land Trust is now one of only 207 land trusts across the country to have been awarded accreditation since the first land trusts were accredited in 2008. Read more

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Being an accredited land trust allows Sonoma Land Trust to display this accreditation seal, a mark of distinction in land conservation, indicating that we meet national standards for excellence, uphold the public trust and ensure that conservation efforts are permanent.


What’s New?

Award-winning conservation leader
Dave Koehler selected as executive director
He will start April 16

Gualal River

The Sonoma Land Trust board of directors has chosen award-winning conservation leader Dave Koehler as the organization’s new executive director, succeeding Ralph Benson who retired at the end of February after 12 years. Koehler (pronounced Kay-ler) has served as the executive director of the San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust since 1990, where he enjoys a reputation for innovation and collaborative conservation, having guided the organization through the planning and establishment of the San Joaquin River Parkway, a 23-mile greenway of conservation lands, parks, trails and river access.

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We’re in the game to protect the 30,000-acre Gualala Redwoods forest

Gualal River

February 9, 2015 —A coalition of conservation groups with visions of riverfront parkland, environmentally friendly forestry practices and watershed preservation have submitted a bid on 30,000 acres of redwood timber holdings and bluff-top land at the mouth of the Gualala River, straddling Sonoma and Mendocino counties.

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SAVED: Curreri property in the Sonoma Valley Wildlife Corridor!

Ralph Benson

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

Sears Point restoration
If you look closely, you can see the fire lookout on the very top of Pole Mountain. Photo by Stephen Joseph Photography.

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.
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Fall hikes to Pole Mountain have been scheduled. See the amazing views for yourself!
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Press Democrat
San Francisco Chronicle

Pole Mtn. map

We are building tidal marsh at Sears Point!

Sears Point restoration
Renee Spenst of Ducks Unlimited and Julian Meisler of Sonoma Land Trust describe the Sears Point Wetlands Restoration Project, which will turn 960 acres of diked baylands into tidal marsh, at the June 6 groundbreaking ceremony. Photo by Lance Kuehne Photography.

June 6, 2014 — Today we broke ground! After nearly 10 years of planning and the raising of nearly $18 million, the 2,327-acre Sears Point Ranch along Highway 37, once intended for a casino resort and instead purchased by Sonoma Land Trust in 2005, will soon sport 960 acres of restored tidal wetlands along San Pablo Bay.
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Sears Point restoration map

A = Nearly 1,000 acres of future tidal marsh will connect to the earlier Sonoma Baylands restoration site in the background; B = Separated from the tidal marsh by the railroad track and the soon-to-be-built habitat levee, this area will be a focus for seasonal wetland enhancement; and C = Sears Point uplands, nearly 1,000 acres of grasslands, seasonal wetlands and riparian drainages.

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