Past Volunteer Workdays

2016

Ongoing stewardship opportunities at Sears Point

We have ongoing and unique opportunities for volunteers to explore part of the newly restored tidal marsh and help plant natives in the bare soil on the new levee and areas only accessible by kayak. Workdays involve kayaking or walking in a group out to a couple of specific sites to get freshly harvested natives into the ground. Planning for these workdays happens fast – usually just a week’s notice – as we must coordinate with the harvesting of plants and work between rain storms and high tides. If you own a kayak, have open water kayaking experience and an interest in helping with this important stewardship work, please contact Karen for more information.

2015

Italian Thistle Removal at Sears Point
Thursday, June 4, 10am—2pm

Sears Point Join Sonoma Land Trust at the beautiful uplands of Sears Point to check the advance of invasive Italian Thistle. The day will include an orientation to the property and project, a hike through the wildflowers to the worksite, and tools to pull the thistle. We'll also take a lunch break and enjoy the views of the bay.

Star Thistle Removal at Sears Point
Tuesday, June 2, 10am—2pm

Sears Point Join Sonoma Land Trust at the beautiful uplands of Sears Point to check the advance of invasive Yellow Star Thistle. The day will include an orientation to the property and project, a hike through the wildflowers to the worksite, and tools to pull the thistle. We'll also take a lunch break and enjoy the views of the bay.

French Broom Removal at Sears Point
Tuesday, May 12, 10am—2pm

Join Sonoma Land Trust at the beautiful uplands of Sears Point to check the advance of invasive French broom. The day will include an orientation to the property and project, a hike through the wildflowers to the worksite, and tools to pull the broom. We'll also take a lunch break and enjoy the views of the bay.

Spanish Broom Removal at Glen Oaks Ranch
Saturday, February 7, 9am—12noon

Join Sonoma Land Trust at the historic Glen Oaks Ranch in Glen Ellen and lend a hand removing invasive Spanish broom that threatens to overrun the Preserve’s meadows and oak woodlands. It’s a long-term effort to rid the Preserve of this noxious weed but we’re making great progress and need to keep the pressure on!

Plant a Tree on the Land You Love!
Sears Point Ranch
Thursday, February 12, 9am—2pm
Friday, February 13, 9am—2pm
Saturday, February 14, 9am—2pm


The grassy hillsides of the Sears Point uplands are largely devoid of woody vegetation.  Was it always this way?  Analogous sites around the Bay suggest that certain species may have thrived here.  Join us as we begin a three-year pilot project to find out.  We will plant trees and shrubs, install Dri-water, and construct protective fencing to protect our project from cattle. Come learn the skills required for a revegetation project. Planting locations will require hiking over rough and uneven terrain and work will involve hand tools. Instruction and snacks will be provided.

Doug Fir and Broom Removal at Glen Oaks Ranch
Saturday, January 24, 9am—12noon

Please join Sonoma Land Trust staff to help with the removal of Spanish broom and Douglas fir that are encroaching into oak woodlands and riparian habitat at Glen Oaks Ranch. Historic fire suppression has led to an increase in Douglas fir seedlings becoming established in the shade of oak trees, and although a native species, without their removal these oak woodlands will eventually become conifer forests. Volunteers will hand pull tree seedlings and non-native invasive French broom, part of a continual effort to protect and preserve the iconic landscapes of Sonoma County.

Willow Collecting and Planting at Sears Point Ranch
Thursday, January 29, 9am—2pm

Friday, January 30, 9am—2pm
Saturday, January 31, 9am—2pm

Sears Point Join Sonoma Land Trust staff for a day collecting various species of willows at Sears Point (Thursday) for streamside planting in the uplands of Sears Point (Friday). Come prepared to hike a distance and get into the mud! Tools and snacks provided. Please bring water and a lunch.

Willow Planting at Tolay Creek Ranch
Friday, January 23, 9:30am—2:30pm

Sonoma Land Trust acquired 2 ½ miles of Tolay Creek in 2007 in order to complete the link of protected lands from the tidal marsh of the San Pablo Bay to the foothills of Sonoma Mountain. Since then, we have been leading a collaborative effort to restore the severely degraded creek. Working with our rancher, community groups, and with the help of thousands of school children and volunteers, we have planted miles of native trees and shrubs, repaired stream banks, and changed how we manage the cattle. Help us continue this important restoration work by planting willows along the creek to provide homes for native birds and animals. 

2014

Jenner Headlands Stream Restoration
Saturday, November 22, 10am2pm

birds on branchesPlease join The Wildlands Conservancy  and Sonoma Land Trust and for a planting work party at the Jenner Headlands' Russian Gulch. Russian Gulch supports federally threatened steelhead and at one time in the past, supported coho salmon. Help us revegetate Russian Gulch to improve habitat conditions for both salmon and steelhead. During the day we will be planting willows and alders along the streambanks and floodplain. Bring a bag lunch and daypack for a picnic along the way.

Jenner Headlands French Broom Removal
Saturday, June 7, 10am-3pm

French Broom at JennerWhen we purchased the Preserve, French Broom covered large portions of lower Russian Gulch, crowding out native plants and lowering the habitat quality for native wildlife. Russian Gulch supports the federally-threatened steelhead trout and historically it supported Coho salmon. The larger populations of broom have been successfully removed! Join us in our mop-up effort to completely eradicate this plant from the Gulch.

Glen Oaks Ranch Tools and Trail Crew Orientation
Saturday, May 10, 10am-12noon

Trail and crew orientationCome steward the land at Glen Oaks Ranch in the Sonoma Valley by becoming a member of the Glen Oaks Tools & Trails Crew! The orientation for 2014 will introduce you to the historic Glen Oaks Ranch, the preserve’s 3 miles of hiking trails, and the work needed to be done to maintain them. Crew members spend up to 2-3 days each month weed whacking, removing downed wood, maintaining the overlook sites, and helping with infrastructure repairs. If you are interested in learning more about this unique volunteer opportunity please sign up!

Little Black Mountain Riparian Seedling Maintenance
Friday, April 25, 10am-3pm

Little Black MountainJoin Sonoma Land Trust staff for a volunteer workday at the Little Black Mountain Preserve near Cazadero in west Sonoma County. Volunteers are needed to help remove plant protection hardware and help track success rates of native seedlings planted along a tributary of Pole Mountain Creek. A hike to the “Lone Antler Lookout” and picnic lunch will follow workday activities.

Little Black Mountain Trail Maintenance
Friday, April 18, 9am-3pm

workday on Little Black MountainCome join Sonoma Land Trust and the Sonoma County Trails Council for a trail maintenance workday at Little Black Mountain Preserve near Cazadero. Help steward the look-out trail, learn trail maintenance techniques from the Sonoma County Trails Council, and experience panoramic views from the lookout point. Bring a bag lunch and day pack for a picnic along the way.

Live Oaks Ranch Doug Fir and Broom Removal
Friday, April 11, 10am-2pm

Live Oaks RanchCome lend a hand and join a stewardship workday at our Live Oaks Ranch preserve near the town of Calistoga. Volunteers are needed to help remove French broom and Douglas fir seedlings that are encroaching upon the preserve’s oak woodlands and riparian areas. Douglas fir can eventually shade out oak trees and seedlings and non-native broom often grown densely over large areas to the detriment of native species. Please note: the area where the group will be working is approximately ½ mile walk from the parking area and has a fair amount of poison oak.

Jenner Headlands Integrated Pest Management: Cattle and Non-native Thistles
Saturday, March 22, 10am-3pm

thistleCattle are being used on the Jenner Headlands as a tool to help us manage the grasslands by keeping non-native plants in check, reducing their growth and abundance and preventing the build up of leaf litter. This helps to promote the establishment of many native herbs and grasses, and reduces the risk of fire through the removal of dead leaf litter.  Join us on March 22nd as we begin training the cattle to eat non-native thistles.  Thistles are not usually something cattle like to eat but research has shown that cattle can be trained to do just that.  If we are successful, instead of spending an endless day of hand removing thistle, we will have our cows doing most of the work for us!

Pitkin Marsh Endangered Sedge Protection
Wednesday, March 19, 1-4pm

Pitkin Marsh sedgeJoin Sonoma Land Trust staff for a stewardship workday to promote the endangered Carex albida plant. Working with botanists, partner groups, interns, and volunteers to manage the sedge, we have seen the steady rise of the flowering culm count across the preserve go from 299 in 2009 to 2,463 in 2013 – a 723% increase! This is mostly due to our hand-weeding treatments. Come help us hand-pull invasive perennial grasses that are encroaching upon the rare plants.

Sedge Planting at Tolay Creek Ranch
Thursday, March 13, 9am-3pm

Sedge plantingWe recently finished a large stream restoration project at Tolay Creek Ranch. The last step in the project is to plant native sedges, which provide habitat and, because of their deep, hearty roots, help to prevent further erosion. This current rain storm has provided the green light for moving forward with this drought delayed project … but we need to act fast. You’ll get to learn about the restoration project, how to use plants for restoration, and then we’ll put you to work. A good time is guaranteed.

2013

Cleanup at Laufenburg Ranch
Friday, December 6, 10am-2pm
Laufenburg RanchWe need your help to clean up an illegal marijuana operation at our Laufenburg Ranch Preserve located near Calistoga. SLT staff discovered the grow site while conducting vegetation surveying earlier this summer. The Sheriff’s Rural Crimes Task Force responded immediately to our call and plants were eradicated a few days later. Come join the clean-up workday to remove all irrigation lines, several bags of trash, and various miscellaneous items associated with the encampment. The site is located in an area with poison oak, so please dress appropriately.

Erosion Control at the Estero Americano Preserve
Friday, November 8, 10am-2pm

broom removal at JennerCome join Sonoma Land Trust for an erosion control workday at the scenic Estero Americano Preserve near the town of Bodega! Together we will winterize the old ranch road cleaning out water bars – an essential task for preventing sediment delivery and keeping the road intact. Bring your picnic lunch and binoculars for the spectacular views and sights of soaring raptors along the way!

Pampas Grass Removal at the Jenner Headlands
Saturday, October 26, 10am-3pm
Saturday, November 16, 10am-3pm
broom removal at JennerPlease join the Sonoma Land Trust and The Wildlands Conservancy in removing invasive pampas grass populations at the Jenner Headlands. This highly invasive plant is taking over and threatening the sensitive ecosystems in Sonoma County, choking out native flora and fauna! Removal of pampas grass will be conducted using rock bars, shovels, picks, maddocks, and loppers. Terrain will be steep, hard   to access, and appropriate clothing (pants, long-sleeve shirt, boots) are necessary. Due to remote and hard-to-access locations of disjunct populations of pampas grass, hiking will be strenuous and difficult. Ample water, sunscreen and a good hat are strongly suggested.

French Broom Removal at the Jenner Headlands
Saturday, September 7, 10am-3pm

broom removal at JennerPlease join the Sonoma Land Trust and The Wildlands Conservancy for a workday out on the land to remove invasive French Broom populations. This highly invasive plant has taken over sensitive riparian ecosystems, threatening local Federally-listed species such as the steelhead trout, prickly sculpin, coastrange sculpin, and threespine stickleback. We will be using weed wrenches, rock bars, and other hand tools to manually remove plants. Terrain will be rough, wet, and heavy with brush, so dress accordingly. Come help aid in the recovery of these struggling species and their native riparian habitat in our backyard!

Broom Removal at the Jenner Headlands
Saturday, June 8, 10am-3pm

broom removal at JennerJoin Sonoma Land Trust and The Wildlands Conservancy for floodplain restoration in the Russian Gulch watershed, which is home to the Federally-listed steelhead trout, prickly sculpin, coastrange sculpin and threespine stickleback. This sensitive ecosystem has been invaded by French broom seedlings, and we need your help to remove these stubborn invaders and promote native riparian vegetation. We will be using weed wrenches, rock bars, and other hand tools to manually remove plants. Terrain will be rough, wet, and heavy with brush, so please dress accordingly.

Little Black Mountain Trail Maintenance
Friday, April 12, 10am-3pm

lbmCome join Sonoma Land Trust and the Sonoma County Trails Council for a trail maintenance workday at Little Black Mountain Preserve near Cazadero. Help steward the look-out trail, learn trail maintenance techniques from the Sonoma County Trails Council, and experience panoramic views from the lookout point. Bring a bag lunch and day pack for a picnic along the way.

Little Black Mountain Trail and Roadside Brush Clearing
Friday, April 5, 10am-3pm

trail maintenanceVolunteers are needed for a trail clearing workday at the Little Black Mountain Preserve near Cazadero in west Sonoma County. Come help clear encroaching road-side brush along a two-mile trail segment to maintain a wide pathway for hikes and fire safety access. Bring a bag lunch for a picnic along the way.

Glen Oaks Ranch Trail Crew Orientation
Saturday, March 23, 10am-12noon

Pond at Sears PointCome steward the land at Glen Oaks Ranch in the Sonoma Valley by becoming a member of the trail crew! This orientation for the 2013 season will introduce you to the 3 miles of hiking trails and the work needed to be done to maintain them. Trail crew members spend up to 3-4 days each month weed whacking, removing downed wood, installing picnic tables, maintaining the overlook sites, and placing rocks as trail markers. For more information and to sign up, please email kara@sonomalandtrust.org or call 707.544.5614 x 5.

Sears Point Ranch Red-Legged Frog Pond Restoration
Friday, March 15, 9am-2pm
Saturday, March 16, 9am-2pm

Pond at Sears PointAt Sears Point we are preparing for a 1,000 acre tidal marsh restoration project. In October we completed construction of three new ponds for the California red-legged frog. The next step is to provide a little cover at the site in the form of willows and other native pond plants. Join us as we create new habitat for this endangered species!

Live Oaks Ranch Doug Fir Removal
Saturday, March 9, 10am-2pm

Live Oaks RanchOne of the most iconic landscapes of Sonoma County is our rolling hills peppered with majestic oak woodlands. This habitat type is often scattered with invasive species that pose serious threats to our native plants and animals that are dependent on this community type. Come and join our efforts in helping to protect these landscapes at Live Oaks Ranch near Calistoga.

Jenner Headlands Revegetation Workday
Saturday, February 23, 10am-3pm
revegetationPlease join the Sonoma Land Trust and The Wildlands Conservancy for a planting work party at the Jenner Headlands. During this workday we will be revegetating a hillside and upper drainage of Jenner Gulch where we removed non-native Eucalyptus trees in prior years. Workday activities will include removing Eucalyptus seedlings and revegetating the area by planting live oaks, buckeyes, Douglas iris and native grasses. The workday will take place on the west side of the property with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and Russian River Estuary.


Glen Oaks Ranch Doug Fir Removal
Saturday, February 9, 10am-2pm
Fir removalThe lack of wildfire in the county has led to an increase in Douglas fir seedlings becoming established in the shade of oak trees, and although a native species, without their removal these oak woodlands will eventually become conifer forests. Our workday intent in removing Douglas fir is to minimize its encroachment and domination within the woodland communities. Our efforts will be accomplished through hand pulling, with a focus on saplings growing in dense patches intermixed with non-native broom.


Jenner Headlands Stream Restoration
Saturday, February 2, 10am-3pm
Jenner workdayPlease join the Sonoma Land Trust and The Wildlands Conservancy for a planting work party at the Jenner Headlands' Russian Gulch. Russian Gulch supports federally threatened steelhead and at one time in the past, supported coho salmon. Help us revegetate Russian Gulch to improve habitat conditions for both salmon and steelhead. During the day we will be planting willows and alders along the streambanks and floodplain.


Sears Point Red-Legged Frog Pond Willow Planting
Saturday, January 26, 9am-2pm
Pond at Sears PointAt Sears Point we are preparing for a 1,000 acre tidal marsh restoration project. In October we completed construction of three new ponds for the California red-legged frog. The next step is to provide a little cover at the site in the form of willows and other native pond plants. Join us as we create new habitat for this endangered species!


Little Black Mountain Willow Planting
Friday, January 25, 10am-3pm
Little Black Mountain work crewPlease join Sonoma Land Trust for a willow planting work party at the Little Black Mountain Preserve near Cazadero! The Little Black Mountain Preserve is a spectacular 500-acre property with a mosaic of vegetation, springs and perennial water, complex geology, numerous habitat types, and remote location. Volunteers are needed to help sprig riparian areas with willow poles as part of a riparian enhancement project.

 

Tolay Creek Ranch Riparian Willow Planting
Saturday, January 12, 10am-2pm
TolayHelp us continue our work healing Tolay Creek.  Since 2007, Sonoma Land Trust has been working to improve the health of the creek – fencing to better manage cattle, growing and planting native shrubs and trees.  Join us for our third winter planting willows along the creek – rain or shine.

2012

Riparian Restoration at Stuart Creek Run
Saturday, November 10, 10am-2pm
Stuart Creek RunJoin Sonoma Land Trust and lend a hand at Stuart Creek Run in Glen Ellen. Volunteers are needed to help remove invasive bamboo from along the creek that is encroaching upon the oak woodland areas and riparian habitat. This 3.5 acre property includes a one-third mile stretch of Stuart Creek, which historically supported a run of federally-threatened steelhead trout. Our work there is aimed at re-establishing that run. The property is situated within an identified wildlife corridor in close proximity to other protected lands, including Sonoma Land Trust’s Glen Oaks Ranch and Secret Pasture, Sonoma Valley Regional Park, Bouverie Preserve, and Jack London State Historic Park. Volunteer efforts will help Sonoma Land Trust reach its goal of creating a roadside park where residents and visitors to the valley can enjoy a tranquil picnic, take a leisurely stroll, and learn about fish and creek restoration.

Erosion Control at Estero Americano
Friday, November 9, 10am-3pm
Wednesday, December 12, 12noon-4pm
erosion at estero americanoCome join Sonoma Land Trust for an erosion control workday at the scenic Estero Americano Preserve near the town of Bodega. Together we will winterize an erosion site by cleaning out water bars, installing straw wattles, planting native grasses and spreading native seed and straw mulch. Bring your picnic lunch and binoculars for the spectacular views and sights of soaring raptors along the way.

Build Habitat for Burrowing Owls at Sears Point Ranch
Sunday, October 14, 9am-11:30am
Sears Point hikeThe western burrowing owl, which historically inhabited the Sears Point Ranch area, is listed as a California Species of Special Concern. Last year, volunteers installed five artificial burrows as part of a critical regional effort to entice the declining burrowing owl back to Sonoma County for breeding. In partnership with Sonoma Birding and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, we will create additional artificial habitats for this charismatic owl. The burrow installation will include moderately strenuous digging accompanied by snacks and beverages provided by Sonoma Land Trust. Followed by an optional lecture and walk with Tom Rusert, co-founder of Sonoma Birding, to previously-installed burrows from 11:30am to 1pm.

Broom Removal at the Jenner Headlands
Saturday, June 23, 10am - 2pm
Saturday, July 28, 10am - 2pm
Saturday, August 11, 10am- 2pm
Friday, September 28, 10am – 2pm
Sears Point hikeCome lend a hand with Sonoma Land Trust’s volunteer workdays and learn about the recently acquired 5,630-acre Jenner Headlands property! Help us take the first steps towards floodplain restoration in the Russian Gulch watershed, which is home to the Federally-listed steelhead trout, prickly sculpin, coastrange sculpin and threespine stickleback. This sensitive ecosystem has been invaded by French broom seedlings, and we need your help to remove these stubborn invaders and promote native riparian vegetation.

Trail Work at Little Black Mountain Preserve
Friday, April 13, 9am- 3pm
Monday, April 16, 9am - 3pm (raindate)
Come join Sonoma Land Trust and the Sonoma County Trails Council for a unique trail maintenance opportunity at Little Black Mountain Preserve near Cazadero! Help steward the look-out trail, learn trail maintenance techniques from the Sonoma County Trails Council, and experience panoramic views of Sonoma County and beyond from the look-out point.

The Little Black Mountain Preserve is a spectacular 500-acre property that was donated to SLT following the Creighton Ridge Fire in 1979. With an elevations ranging to 1960’ at Little Black Mountain, this property offers expansive views of the coast, the geysers, and Austin Creek Recreational area. The property contains the headwaters of St. Elmo Creek, Pole Mountain Creek and Kidd Creek, all of which eventually contribute to the Russian River. The mosaic of vegetation, springs and perennial water, complex geology, numerous habitat types and remote location all contribute to the unique biological diversity of the Little Black Mountain Preserve.

For more information or to sign-up, please email volunteer@sonomalandtrust.org or call (707) 544-5614 ext. 6

 

 

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Join the fun this summer as the Go to Gang continues repairs to the rustic caretaker's cabin at the 500-acre Little Black Mountain Preserve located in the hills of West Sonoma County. Carpentry experience is helpful; lunches and refreshments will be provided.

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