Just inland from the beautiful Pacific coast in western Sonoma County is an agricultural and environmental jewel with its own unique watershed. The significance of conserving this working ranchland and its native grasses, riparian habitat, and spring-fed creeks cannot be overstated. Threatened steelhead and freshwater shrimp can still be found in the creeks; endangered Coho salmon are being restored to waterways where they have not been seen for a decade. The coastal prairie and grasslands are temporary home to migratory birds and water fowl, particularly with the proximity to critical nesting grounds near Bodega Bay.
Another completed project: The rare coastal prairie meets the redwood mist forest in southwest Sonoma County
A unique ranch of almost 1000 acres, located in western Sonoma County, California, exemplifies this important ecosystem. A conservation easement was granted to Bodega Land Trust in February 2021, culminating years of planning and effort.
The property includes the transition zone between coastal prairie and redwood forest and supports organic agriculture, incredible biodiversity, and habitat for several endangered and threatened species. Protection will include the aquifers and surface water that are a primary source for domestic water, livestock, and fisheries.
Bodega Land Trust will monitor this easement, and work with lessees to establish and implement a management plan.
Bodega Land Trust is actively working on new conservation easements as well as undertaking a major planning update to its Strategic Plan.
How you can help
Your donation to Bodega Land Trust will help conserve this incredible piece of western Sonoma County forever. Please give us a call at 1(707)874-9001to discuss the various ways you can be part of making this historic easement a reality.