Fitch Mountain

Fitch Mountain Park and Open Space Preserve is a 173-acre property that encompasses the entire peak of Fitch Mountain and surrounding slopes. Explore a dense forest of coast redwood, Douglas fir, California bay, madrone, oaks, and a rich array of understory species. Listen for a variety of bird species. Learn about the wildlife that calls the mountain home. 

The property is owned by the City of Healdsburg with stewardship assistance from LandPaths. 

How to Get Involved

  • Explore Fitch Mountain on your own.
  • Join us for a stewardship workday.
  • Volunteers maintain the trails, remove invasive species, do forestry work, and grow community with nature! 

History 

This is the homeland of the Southern Pomo. One Pomo village was located a mile northeast of  what is now downtown Healdsburg in the Fitch Mountain vicinity. This village was called Wotoakka’ton and was the home of Chief Soto, for whom the Rancho Sotoyome land grant was later named

The property was purchased in 2014 by Sonoma County Ag + Open Space and transferred from the previous owner directly to the City of Healdsburg. The City in turn transferred it temporarily to LandPaths to manage during an interim period. Title to the preserve reverted back to the City of Healdsburg in November 2017. LandPaths continues to host stewardship days on the property. 

The City of Healdsburg, Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District, LandPaths, the Coastal Conservancy, and the Fitch Mountain Fund have partnered to protect, restore, enhance, and steward Fitch Mountain. 

Questions about stewardship at Fitch Mountain? 

All other inquiries about Fitch Mountain should be directed to the City of Healdsburg.

Emmett Hopkins
Community Care Manager
707. 544.7284 x 114
emmett@landpaths.org

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