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.
LandPaths "Local Hero" Index 2014
Many thanks to our LandPaths "Local Heroes," who donate their passion, experience, good energy and time to help Sonoma County live with inspiration provided by the land.
LandPaths "Local Hero" Index, 2014:
24 Bohemia Ecological Preserve Docents
392 Hours invested this year by one LandPaths volunteer
535 Volunteers who shared their time and love of the Big Outside for the land and community
920 Kids benefited from a “nature-mentor” with an adult to student ratio of 1:4
3,585 Summer Free Lunches served at Bayer Farm by 27 volunteers
8,445 Hours invested by LandPaths volunteers, helping Sonoma County live with inspiration provided by the Land
The Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation & Open Space District, generous supporter and sponsor of LandPaths programs is hiring an Associate Planner. Click for details.
Macro Photography at the Bohemia Ecological Preserve
Come to beautiful Bohemia Ecological Preserve to practice taking crisp Macro photos of the lovely mushrooms that will be coming up after the first rains of the year. Beautiful Madrone and Toyon berries may also be waiting for their portraits to be taken. Pre registration required. Click here for more info and to register.
LandPaths Annual Holiday Gathering at Rancho Mark West, December 6th
Join us for the 9th annual Holiday Gathering at Rancho Mark West! All ages are invited to join in on the seasonal fun at this 120-acre Agricultural Preservation & Open Space District-protected forest property. Enjoy a short walk (1 mile round trip) and tour along beautiful Mark West Creek, followed by music, hot cider, wreath-making, & other holiday crafting. Fun for everyone! Bring a potluck dish and a dessert to share if you like. Pre-registration required. Click here for more info & to register.