Outing / Event Description

Dogbane Cordage & Stewardship


3, 2018


10:00 AM TO 1:00 PM
Status: Closed

Dogbane Cordage & Stewardship

Saturday, Feb. 3rd, 10 AM - 1 PM

Leaders:  Heather Knoll, LandPaths Staff, Tamara Wilder,

Autumn Summers, and Kathleen Marsh, SCAPOSD Staff

In Partnership with the 
Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation & Open Space District.

Pre-registration is required for this event.  Please scroll down to register.

What if it's raining?  This outing will proceed in a light rain but may be cancelled in the case of severe weather.  If in doubt, please call  LandPaths after 8:30 am (707-544-7284, then press 1. ) on Saturday.  If there is no special message, the outing is a go as planned.

Join us to learn about the important Native American cultural uses of the Dogbane plant as we explore and steward the Dogbane Preserve, protected by your Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation & Open Space District.  We will begin our time together with a demonstration of how to make cord from the Dogbane plant as Native Americans in California have done for centuries. Learn why this cultural resource is being protected by Sonoma County Ag & Open Space.

The Dogbane Preserve was in the path of the Tubbs fire, but with your help we are hopeful that the dogbane plant will continue to thrive. Our tasks for the day include digging out Harding grass, sheet mulching, removing blackberry sprout, pruning limbs/coyote brush, and general tending of the dogbane.

The site is flat with areas of tall grass, blackberries and uneven ground. It is adjacent to where we are parking.

We will meet at the end of Alba Lane off of Old Redwood Highway.  From Santa Rosa take Hwy 101 North to the Mark West/ River Road exit. Turn Right onto Mark West Springs Road. 

Turn Right at the intersection onto Old Redwood Highway. Go .8 mile and turn Right on Alba Lane. Go to the end of the lane and park on the side of the road. Dogbane Preserve is on your right. Look for LandPaths Staff.

We will meet at 10 AM  and finish around 1 PM.   

What to bring
: Clothes for being in damp grass and possibly blackberries, (long sleeves, long pants etc.),  snacks, water, gloves, pruners or loppers, shovels.   Suggested: something to sit on during the demonstration.

Details, Details

  • There is no charge for this outing. It is made possible by the voters of Sonoma County who funded the District’s work with a quarter-cent sales tax, in partnership with the District’s non-profit partner, LandPaths (The District protects land and LandPaths connects you with that land)
  • You will be asked to sign a liability waiver prior to the outing
  • No pets or smoking are permitted
  • There are no restrooms at the site, however, ample topographic diversity exists
  • This outing will proceed in light rain

The Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation & Open Space District protects land in Sonoma County and LandPaths connects you with that land.  This program is made possible though a partnership between the District and non-profit partner LandPaths.  It is sponsored by the voters of Sonoma County who funded the District's work with a quarter-cent sales tax, and is coordinated & guided by LandPaths. 



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