Make Your Year-End Donation to LandPaths Today - And Double Your Money!

Help Us Raise $150,000 By December 31st!

At this time each year, we come to you and ask you for your support of LandPaths.  We hope that you will once again generously contribute to our work and through your support, support a life-long commitment to, and love of, nature. And this year your gift will be matched!  Two generous donors have teamed up to create a challenge gift of $75,000 to help LandPaths raise $150,000 by December 31, 2014.  Thank you for your generous contribution, and Happy Holidays and New Year!  Click here to donate.

Fitch Mountain Now Wild Forever

Fitch Mountain Now Wild Forever

On Tuesday afternoon November 18, a recorder’s rubber stamp at the County of Sonoma quietly closed a land protection chapter 20 years in the making. Fitch Mountain, a rock so resistant that Russian River currents could not wash it away, nor housing successfully climb its uppermost flanks, was purchased for future public parkland.

 

A union of no less than four groups were united by the dogged persistence of 4th District Supervisor Mike McGuire to pull the deal together. First, Our County’s Agricultural Preservation & Open Space District provided funds to buy the land and seed funding for land stewardship. Second, the City of Healdsburg agreed to accept the property as a future public park. Third, the People of Healdsburg and beyond spoke with seeming unanimity in favor of saving the wildness of the mountaintop for its wildness and vistas and respite from the din of urbanized life. Last but not least, Land Partners Through Stewardship - better known as ‘LandPaths’ - agreed to own and steward the mountain until the City is able to take ownership in 2017. Click to read more.

 

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The Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation & Open Space District, generous supporter and sponsor of LandPaths programs is hiring an Associate Planner.  Click for details.

FEATURED OUTINGS & VOLUNTEER STEWARDSHIP

Explore Bohemia

Family Friendly Christmas Tree Harvest and Workday

December 19th - Friday - 9am-1pm.  Get a free Christmas Tree and help Oak woodland habitat at the Bohemia Ecological Preserve! During this workday, we will remove Douglas fir and other vegetation from Oak habitat near the cabin and Top of the World areas.  Doug fir have been able to increase their population dramatically due to fire suppression and are now able to out-compete Oak woodland species.  Participants will be able to take home a Doug fir for their Christmas tree!  Lots of different sizes available and while they are not manicured like lot trees they are so much more special because you helped preserve important habitat as well!  Hot chocolate, cider, and Christmas goodies will be available.  Donations appreciated :) Pre-registration required.  Click here for more info & to register.

Access by Permit

Willow Creek People Powered Park Permit Orientation

Saturday, Dec. 27th, 3-4pm.  Hike, bike or horseback ride on the 3,300-acre Willow Creek State Park unit near Duncans Mills. Permits are issued after a one-hour orientation on the property. See program description and application forms below. State Parks has asked LandPaths to assist in providing interim management and permitted access for this 3,373-acre addition. Once you complete this short orientation, you will be issued a permit that will allow you to hike, bike and horseback ride on the property much as you would any other State Park.  Pre-registration Required.  Click here to register.