LandPaths in the News

Curanderas Rising

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November/December 2016, Made Local Magazine: Guadalupe Vasquez used to go to the doctor’s office three times a month. Vasquez, 35, battles diabetes as well as liver and kidney problems. Her pain was so severe, she once fainted in the emergency room and had to be put on a morphine drip. Last February, fed up with feeling crummy, she joined the Farming for Health program at Bayer Farm—a six-acre urban garden and community park located in the heart of Sonoma County’s Roseland neighborhood—and has noticed a distinct improvement in her health.  Click here to read the full article in Made Local Magazine.

Making Community through Bayer Farm

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August 30th, 2016: "Eight years ago, Roseland’s 6-acre Bayer Farm was an empty, trash-filled field in a neglected and marginalized area. Today it is a vibrant nature hub with 30 garden plots for individual families, areas for children to play, goats to pet, paved paths to walk and opportunities for community interaction and learning, such as a reading program for children and families.” Click here for the full article in the Press Democrat.  

The Russian River is Different in Mendocino County

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August 25, 2016,KRCB: LandPaths' executive director, Craig Anderson, was a co-leader in this four day event where a group of river stakeholders kayaked through the Russian River in a three part series for a larger event called “Confluence, Celebrating the Russian River Watershed”. The first trip covered the lower section of the river, the second outing covered the river’s middle reach from Cloverdale to Forestville. The last trip will happen in October and will cover the river’s last stretch from Forestville to the Pacific. Click here to listen to the full story on KRBC.  

!Vamos a Yosemite!

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 September 25, 2016, KRCB: LandPaths has led many outings through Sonoma County in Spanish for their program Vamos Afuera. But, this year they went to explore Yosemite National Park! Click here to listen to the full story on KRBC.

Rolling out an Accessible ‘Hike’

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 May 17, 2016,KRCB: “A quartet of Sonoma County agencies teamed up last weekend to organize and support a first-ever group outdoor outing for non-ambulatory Nature lovers.” Click  to listen to the story on KRCB Online. 

Land for Future Generations- Jim and Betty Doerksen Choose to Leave their Legacy with LandPaths

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January 01, 2016, Sonoma County Farm Bureau: Jim and Betty Doerksen, owners of Rancho Mark West, have decided to sell their 120-acre property to LandPaths to insure that their land will remain a place for education and agriculture forever. Since obtaining the property, Jim Doerksen has planted over 1million trees. Click here to read the full story on the Sonoma County Farm Bureau website. 

Swedish heir comes to Sonoma County to intern at LandPaths and learn land management skills

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 December 13, 2015, The Press Democrat: Simone Beck-Friis,25, is the heir of Hargs Bruk a Swedish timber company started by her family some 300 years ago. A 2015 graduate of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Simone embarked on a learning journey here with LandPaths in order to learn about environmentally responsible land management and sustainable agriculture. Click here for the full article in the Press Democrat.

Landpaths Hosting a Play Day at Rancho Mark West for Young Explorers

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September 11, 2015, The Press Democrat: On this day, all kids were welcomed to "run, romp, hike, splash and get dirty" during this free day of outdoor play at Rancho Mark West which is located northeast of Santa Rosa. Families gathered for a guided exploration of the habitat of the 124-acre ranch and ended the day with a picnic lunch. Click here to read the full article in The Press Democrat. 

LandPaths Insures No Child Left Inside This Summer

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 June 09, 2015, The Press Democrat: “LandPaths is offering a free 'No Child Left Inside' program this summer to give kids an opportunity for healthy, old-fashioned outdoor fun with other children.” LandPaths organized activities every Wednesday at two different locations, Rancho Mark West and Bayer Farm. At Rancho Mark West children get to enjoy the 'outside classroom' and will hike from 9am to 12pm and also play games, search for critters on the Santa Rosa Creek and go canoeing. At Bayer farm kids will garden, pick crops, cook, keep nature journals, play, make crafts and enjoy a free lunch provided in partnership with the Redwood Empire Food Bank." Click here to read the full article in The Press Democrat.  

Celebrate the Spring Equinox Outdoors with LandPaths

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March 17, 2015, The Press Democrat: LandPaths along with the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District held a Spring Celebration and potluck at Rancho Mark West. This celebration included fun activities for children and guided hikes through the property and opportunities to help out in the ranch’s organic gardens. Click here to read the full article in The Press Democrat. 

LandPaths Host First Fitch Mountain Trail Workday

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January 07, 2015, The Healdsburg Tribune: “Stewardship organization LandPaths kicked off the new year by hosting a workday on Fitch Mountain on Jan. 2, the first since the deal that would transform 173 acres on Healdsburg’s towering “crown jewel” into a public park was finalized.” Click here for the full article in The Healdsburg Tribune. 

Breakthrough deal to protect Fitch Mountain

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October 21st, 2014, Press Democrat: "Twenty years after a public park atop Fitch Mountain was first envisioned, a deal approved Tuesday by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors will make the open space a reality, unlocking panoramic views overlooking Healdsburg, Dry Creek and Alexander valleys." Read more in the Press Democrat.

Nurturing Tomorrow's Redwood Champions - IOOBY and Save the Redwoods League

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July, 2014, Save the Redwoods League Summer Bulletin:  In Our Own Backyard students learn about and steward the redwood grove at LandPaths-owned Rancho Mark West, with support from Save the Redwoods League.  Click here and scroll to page 12 of the publication to read the full story.

Soul/Soil - Jon Bravo, Bayer Farm & LandPaths Featured in Go Local Magazine

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April, 2014: Go Local Magazine.  On page 35 of the Magazine, Jon Bravo, LandPaths & Bayer Farm are featured.  "When I see students with dirty hands and soot on their faces, I know they're happy."  Click here (and scroll to page 35) to read the article. 

Bikes Peak Offers Magical Detour

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March 16, 2014:  Press Democrat: "Lisa McKibbin was out for a bit of nature and a dog walk recently when she happened upon a surprise on Healdsburg Ridge above Fox Pond. It was a bike cemetery embellished with brightly colored prayer flags."  Read the full story in the Press Democrat.

Craig Anderson Honored as ‘Conservation Hero’

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Februrary 13th, 2014, KRCB: LandPath's executive director, Craig Anderson, has been named Bay Nature’s “Conservation Hero” for this year. It’s an award that his colleagues are roundly applauding.  Click here to listen to this story on KRCB online.

Grove of Old Trees in Occidental Increased to 33 Acres

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January 8th, 2014, Press Democrat:  Set apart for more than a century from the heavy logging that cleared large swaths of the region over time, this now-33-acre sanctuary is a hidden gem in the hills just west of Occidental. A recent 5-acre addition from the estate of a Central Coast couple further buffers the grove, which is open to the public, for free, every day of the year. Read more at the Press Democrat.

LandPaths' 'People-Powered' Parks in New York Times

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November 9, 2012, New York Times: “We call what we do ‘people-powered parks,’ ” Mr. Anderson tells the hikers at one point. “As the government’s been less able, the people are stepping up.”

Essentially, people-powered parks expand on the volunteerism that has always been a facet of public parks — so much so that LandPaths can operate its holdings at a fraction of what it would cost the state.  Read more at New York Times....

New Growth in Old Redwood Grove

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November 8th, 2013, KRCB: One of the quiet wonders of western Sonoma County is the Grove of the Old Trees, a 33-acre stand of ancient redwoods that has been preserved and kept open to the public since 2000. And it will soon be getting bigger, as LandPaths Executive Director Craig Anderson explained to KRCB’s Bruce Robinson. Click to listen to the story on KRCB Online.

Healdsburg Ridge Quest

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April 20th, 2013: Press Democrat: Everybody loves a good hunt. It's why we cheered so dutifully for Frodo Baggins in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. It's why every self-respecting San Francisco Giants fan pulled for Barry Zito to reclaim his mojo on the pitching mound. It's probably why so many kids enjoy Easter egg hunts (those eggs aren't about to find themselves).  Read more in the Press Democrat.

Taylor Mountain Park Taking Shape

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October 8, 2012, Press Democrat: The long-awaited rollout of a regional park on Taylor Mountain, one of Sonoma County's largest swaths of open space overlooking Santa Rosa, is starting to take shape.  The plans include general access for the public starting as soon as January and for the development of an expanded trail network on the 1,100 acres, restrooms, parking and camping and picnic sites starting next year.  Read more at the Press Democrat.....

Conservation Deal Saves Bohemia Ranch

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February 1, 2012, Press Democrat:  Enter “Bohemia Ranch” into Google and you'll find a web site offering nearly 900 acres of prime West County forest for sale — suitable for as many as six homes — all for $6 million.  Now, no such sale will ever happen. By the end of the week, landowner Ted Swindells, a San Francisco venture capitalist, expects to convey the majority of the ranch to LandPaths, a local non-profit dedicated to land stewardship and outdoor access.  Read More at the Press Democrat...

Foraging for Fungi

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December 3, 2011, Press Democrat: “This is one that's potentially hallucinogenic and won't make you feel really good,” Summers said. “Santa Claus may have come from this mushroom. I mean, why is he red and white? Why are the reindeer flying?”  Summers, who leads outings for LandPaths, was demonstrating how a hunter can find distinguishing characteristics on a mushroom and determine, at least to some degree, whether it's safe to eat.  Read more at the Press Democrat...

LandPaths Chief Craig Anderson

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November 13, 2011,  Press Democrat:  Nature lover Craig Anderson is a cheery, accomplished and creative fellow who plays in a band and often rides to work on the long skateboard that his wife, Lee, gave him for his 40th birthday a decade ago.  But the guy's never satisfied.  Read more at the Press Democrat......

Land Preserved to Educate Kids

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May 25, 2011, Press Democrat: The Doerksen ranch, known as Ranchero Mark West, is 122 acres in the Mark West valley, with a 140-year-old barn and 160-year-old farmhouse, on St. Helena Road in the heart of the Mayacamas.  It's a jewel for the Doerksens and for the public, and the Doerksens are making sure it stays that way.  Read more at the Press Democrat....

Coastal Conservancy Awards $750K Toward Purchase of Santa Rosa Ranch

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May 22, 2011,  Press Democrat: Hikers are being promised that one day they will be able to stride across the picturesque hills of what is now a 122-acre private ranch in the hills northeast of Santa Rosa.

The state Coastal Conservancy last week awarded $750,000 toward the $1 million purchase of the historic Doerksen Ranch on St. Helena Road.  Read more at the Press Democrat....

Roseland's 'Urban Farm' Park

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April 5, 2011, Press Democrat:“We're in a recession and people want to grow their own food,” said Magdalena Ridley, outreach coordinator for LandPaths, non-profit agency she said aims to “foster a love of the land.”

That's the vision behind the master plan for the six-acre Bayer Neighborhood Park & Gardens project on West Avenue, which won high praise from the Santa Rosa City Council Tuesday.  Read more at the Press Democrat....

State Grant to Go to Bayer Park and Garden

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November 9, 2010,  Press Democrat:  The state Monday awarded $4.8 million to each of the cities of Santa Rosa and Fort Bragg to build new parks, part of $184 million in grants being handed out....The $4.8 million will go toward the development of Bayer Park and Gardens in the Roseland area, a 5.5-acre farm the city acquired three years ago.  Read more in the Press Democrat....

Bayer Farm Part of County-wide i-GROW effort

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January 30, 2010, Press Democrat: It may be only the end of January, but already a countywide effort is afoot to till as many yards, public spaces and empty lots as possible into mini-food farms by spring.   Read more at the Press Democrat...

LandPaths to Conduct Access Program on Taylor Mountain

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January 3, 2010, Press Democrat: Under a new program approved by the county Board of Supervisors, residents can obtain Taylor Mountain use permits after having attended a guided tour and orientation session sponsored by the non-profit LandsPaths.  It is modeled on permit programs that LandPaths has conducted on Willow Creek park.  Read more at the Press Democrat...

Riddell Preserve Deal

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November 18, 2009,  Press Democrat:  LandPaths is donating a conservation easement over its 400-acre Riddell nature preserve, located in a remote area west of Healdsburg, to the county open space district.  Donation of the conservation easement, which involves a pledge to maintain the property in its natural state and to restrict usage, will allow the nonprofit environmental group to develop plans for limited public access, according to LandPaths director Craig Anderson.  Read more at the Press Democrat....

LandPaths Leads Hut to Hut Trek in Sonoma County

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October 5, 2009, Press Democrat: The half-dozen hikers were exploring a new way to see Sonoma County, one where remote trails can lead to innkeepers, farmers, restaurateurs and others who can provide food and rest, as well as stories of the land.  "You want to immerse yourself in the landscape," said Craig Anderson, the executive director of LandPaths.  Read more at the Press Democrat...

McCrea Trail Approved

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September 15, 2009, Press Democrat: The 12-year battle over a ridgetop trail on Sonoma Mountain ended Tuesday in thunderous applause for county supervisors when they approved a deal allowing limited development in exchange for public access to most of the 240-acre McCrea Ranch.  Read more at the Press Democrat...

LandPaths and Bayer Farm Host Slow Food "Eat In"

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September 7, 2009, Press Democrat: Advocates for healthier school lunches dined Monday on organic goat meat tacos, vegetarian tamales and home grown vegetable dishes as they gathered in a Santa Rosa community garden to write letters to Congress and sign petitions. The aim of more than 300 such "eat-ins" across the nation is to boost federal funding for the National School Lunch Program so school districts can buy locally produced food. Read more at the Press Democrat...