Grove of Old Trees

Grove Tree Meg Kids Black And White   Grove Don Letherman

Owned and Managed by LandPaths

Access: Open to Public dawn to dusk

LandPaths' beautiful Grove of Old Trees is open for walking and picnicking any day of the year. In fact, the Grove is the only privately-owned preserve in Sonoma County that is publicly accessible and free to all. Enjoy the beauty and grandeur of these 33 acres of old growth redwoods on easy trails, some suitable for wheelchairs and strollers.

LandPaths became the humble stewards of the Grove of the Old Trees in September 2000 with the assistance of the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District, Save-the-Redwoods-League, California Coastal Conservancy and numerous generous private individuals and families.  A group of county residents - “Friends of the Old Trees” – pioneered the years-long campaign to save this remnant stand from being logged.  

Absolutely instrumental in the final successful push to preserve this grove was LandPaths board member and west county resident Caryl Hart.  Today, the Open Space District holds a “Forever Wild” conservation easement on the property, which mandates a “zero take” of the trees comprising the grove. The property will be retained for perpetuity as a forest preserve, a place for public access appropriate to the site, ecological research, field science education and as a living remnant of the forests that once covered much of the northern California coast.  This gateway was handcrafted by a LandPaths volunteer and raised into place with the help of dozens of other volunteer “stewards.”

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