Our 1,000 acre protected open space preserve situated in the western hills of Sonoma County near Occidental boasts old-growth forests, oak woodlands, coastal meadows, and an iconic waterfall. Several endangered and at-risk species of flora and fauna make this place home, including northern spotted owls, red tree voles, and Pennell’s bird’s beak.
Hike miles through secluded open spaces. Bask in stands of old-growth Douglas fir, madrones, chaparral, oak woodlands, meadows of coastal prairie, and the California endemic dwarf Sargent Cypress. Enjoy a true slice of Sonoma County’s wild beauty.
How to Get Involved
Bohemia Ecological Preserve is not open to the public but you are invited to experience the land through one of our many program opportunities. These include regular volunteer stewardship days, hikes, campouts, Inspired Forward, Camp Bohemia, and outings with a trained Bohemia Docent.
Bohemia Docents are volunteers that lead outings at the property, in exchange for access on their own time. For more information about the Bohemia Docent program, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The rich watersheds and abundant forests of the Dutch Bill Watershed is the homeland of the Coast Miwok. Abundant oak trees acorns, a staple food of the Coast Miwok, and the rich fields and forest attracted game.
Homesteaders arrived and settled in the area in the late 1800s, including Danish seaman “Dutch Bill” Howards.Three of Bohemia’s creeks are named for him. And keep your eyes peeled for evidence of the old homesteads dating back to the 1900s, including naturalized Amaryllis belladonna flowers (naked ladies) and fruit trees.
The settlers logged the property and mined for chromium through the 1940s. They left behind trash and other relics of another time. LandPaths stewardship team and volunteers are still cleaning up the trash.
The call for conservation began in the 1990s when Bohemia went up for sale. In 2012, the land was purchased by Ted and Phyllis Swindells who donated it to LandPaths, in close collaboration with Sonoma Land Trust.
The property was split into the 554-acre Bohemia Ecological Preserve and the 383-acre Bohemia Preserve LLC owned by a neighboring family. LandPaths and the family jointly manage the preserve, in common purpose, as a whole.
Video created by LandPaths’ Stewardship Intern Meghan Stewart