LandPaths' Happenings Blog

A Trail's Happy Ending, and Beginning

Tam From ESlope 132116 years from when LandPaths and other partners first began work on this project, the 1.3-mile, East Slope of the Sonoma Mountain Ridge Trail, extending from Jack London State Park, passing over numerous privately held tracts of land, and offering expansive views of the Sonoma Valley and San Francisco Bay, has at long last, been approved.

Since its inception in 1996, LandPaths has found its relevance and obligation in seeking out unprecedented solutions to provide for public access and the public good. In November of 1997, Craig Anderson strategized and signed an agreement with the McCrea Family to plan for, design and build a trail across their family land.

It was land that the District had just preserved forever and the agreement was heralded as one of only a handful in the county to link public parks with a trail access across private land. This was the beginning of what has now been approved as the East Slope of the Sonoma Mountain Ridge Trail.

LandPaths received grants for the project and actually completed construction upon the stretch of trail over the McCrea property. However, months prior to the trail opening, the McCrea property was sold and lawyers discovered that the paperwork granting the county an easement had never been completed, allowing the new buyer to reject the trail, even though it was already under construction.

LandPaths and other partners pursued nearly a decade of legal action with these new owners, steadfast in our mission to find creative solutions that will get the people of Sonoma County outside and connecting with their local landscape. Over these years, Craig spent many hours in the field, deepening relationships with landowners and keeping the vision of this trail alive. This time spent face to face, with boots on the ground, eventually resulted in new agreements that led to this week's final approval. 

LandPaths is delighted to witness this fantastic movement forward. Final approval to begin construction (again) on the East Slope of Sonoma Mountain Ridge Trail demonstrates a willingness by private landowners to work together with local and state agencies and local nonprofits in the name of the public good.

Posted by Meg Hamill at 10:44

36 New Opportunities to Get Outside!

Poff Ranch 1.26.13 004LandPaths and The Open Space District have teamed up for the September 2013-September 2014 season, for 36 free, public outings to Open Space District owned or protected sites, including ample family-friendly and bilingual opportunities.

LandPaths is always planning - planning how we can, as a community, discover and learn about the land by experiencing our backyard - working farms, parks, preserves, and other open spaces. These places are integral to the foundation and future of Sonoma County's beauty and bounty.

This year marks our 14th year of a successful, public outings partnership with Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District.  In those years we have experienced the County - ranches and redwoods, oaks and owls, creeks and coast, in English and Spanish, with a paddle or picnic, featuring landowners, community organizations, and local heroes - with thousands of you.

Working together, we can sink into, for a few hours or a few days, the county's diverse open space - doing whatever it is you love most - paddling, camping, trekking, stargazing, bug-hunting, berry picking, even skipping - and building an appreciation for the land and community with every step.

LandPaths Outings that are supported by the Open Space District are free of charge.  After all, these lands are protected by our County's Open Space District by virtue of your tax dollars.  The Open Space District is funded by a quarter-cent sales tax here in Sonoma County.
LandPaths Outings make getting outdoors easy - helping YOU, your friends and family get outdoors more often.  Some of the outings explore new parks, others are guided hikes on private lands. Some properties are on their way to becoming parks, while others are 6th-generation family farms with a wealth of history and produce to be shared.  With well over 30 properties, and 110,000 acres protected by the District, we can be busy every weekend of the year hearing the stories behind the views. LandPaths' goal with our Outings program is to forge new partnerships, interests and cultural understandings of the land in order to keep our offerings fun, expansive, relevant and accessible to everyone who lives here in Sonoma County.  
Posted by Meg Hamill at 10:52
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