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After 7 years, the staff of Sonoma Land Trust are happy to all be working together under one roof again at:
822 Fifth Street (between E St. & Brookwood)
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Our main phone number remains the same:
(707) 526-6930

Hope you like our new logo, too!

Sonoma Land Trust purchases Haire Ranch on Skaggs Island

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

SANTA ROSA, CALIF., December 13, 2013

Pole Mountain

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. Immediately upon close of escrow, the Land Trust transferred the ranch to USFWS, which already owns the remaining 3,300 acres of Skaggs Island. Both are now part of the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge and will be restored to marsh habitat, turning the clock back 130 years.

“Haire Ranch has been the holy grail of conservation projects,” says Wendy Eliot, Sonoma Land Trust conservation director. “For more than a decade, the government has been waiting to restore Skaggs Island to tidal marsh, but Haire Ranch stood in the way, just out of reach.” But the tide turned.
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Haire Ranch press coverage

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

Donor pledges $250,000 matching grant

Pole Mountain

Year-end donations fund programs that get children out on the land. Photo by Scott Hess Photography.

Sonoma resident Bill Jasper has offered to match all donations made by December 31 up to a total of $250,000. This means your donation of $50 will result in a gift of $100. Bill has also offered to match gifts of $1,000 or more on a two-to-one basis. Thus, a gift of $1,000 will result in $3,000 for Sonoma Land Trust! Bill is making this special gift because he believes deeply in the land conservation work that Sonoma Land Trust is doing throughout the county. “Private philanthropy is more important than ever,” says Bill. “It enables the Land Trust to acquire and restore some of Sonoma County’s most beautiful landscapes. With fewer tax funds available, donations play a vital role in keeping Sonoma Land Trust flexible and ready to jump on opportunities to protect the land we love.” For information about making a year-end donation or to donate stock, please contact Beverly Scottland at (707) 526-6930, ext. 108 or Beverly@sonomalandtrust.org.

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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

Burrowing owlBeing 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.

Owl video!

Watch a burrowing owl at the new home
we built for him in the Baylands  View larger

Sonoma Land Trust and LandPaths link up to create 544-acre Bohemia Ecological Preserve

Read Feb. 20 San Francisco Chronicle article

Burrowing owl


Burrowing owl

We built it -- and they came!

Read Sonoma I-T article on new burrowing owls at Sears Point



Update: Restoring tidal marsh
at Sears Point

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Features & Media

  • New!
    Learn about the Sonoma Valley Wildlife Corridor

    Winter newsletter
  • Winter newsletter
    Learn about Haire Ranch, Sonoma Valley Wildlife Corridor, Pole Mountain, and more.
    Winter newsletter
  • Learn more about our work to protect the open land of the SDC

    Fall newsletter
  • Fall newsletter
    Learn more about Pole Mountain, activities at Sears Point Ranch, transferring the Jenner Headlands, and more.

    Fall newsletter
  • 2012-13 Annual Report to the Community
    A recap of protecting the Sonoma Valley Wildlife Corridor, and restoration in the Baylands and in the North Coast forest, and much more

    2012 Annual Report
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  • New!
    Sonoma Land Trust could purchase Sonoma Coast's highest peak

    Pole Mountain
    Read Press Democrat article
  • Spring newsletter
    Learn more about the race to save Preservation Ranch

    Fall newsletter
  • Winter newsletter
    All about the Stuart Creek wildlife corridor

    Fall newsletter
  • Preserving a path for wildlife in Sonoma Valley
    Stuart creek
    Read Press Democrat story

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