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  WHO WE ARE, WHAT WE DO: Sonoma Land Trust provides permanent protection of land and its resources, offering stewardship, education, and advice for the preservation and enhancement of agricultural, natural, scenic, and open space lands. It is the oldest conservation organization based in Sonoma County, founded by concerned citizens in 1976.

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Sonoma County is blessed with a dazzling variety of natural and working lands. Our familiar landscapes add immeasurably to the quality of our lives. Rocky coastlines, redwood forests, productive farms, vital wildlife habitats   all enrich our experience of this place. But as Sonoma County grows and changes, how can we be sure future generations will enjoy the same treasures?

Dozens of such treasures are protected forever through the efforts of caring landowners and Sonoma Land Trust. The preservation of those lands means they will be enjoyed, not only by future generations of people, but also by diverse populations of plants, insects and animals.

The Trust works directly with willing landowners who act voluntarily to keep their lands intact. Land trusts are local, private and nonprofit, so we can act quickly and flexibly to address landowners' goals and achieve public benefit. By cooperating with landowners and government agencies to protect open space, the Trust contributes immeasurably to the quality of life in the County. We currently protect about 40 properties in and around Sonoma County, totaling more than 11,000 acres of lands important for their natural, agricultural, scenic, historic, and biotic values.

As we enter the summer of 2000, Sonoma Land Trust has 1500 members, is governed by a Board of eighteen interested and informed Trustees, and operates a business affiliation program called Partners in Nature. Our quarterly newsletter features our historic properties, our current options in progress, profiles Partners, and has articles of timely interest relating to the land, local issues and conservation concerns.

The Trust's ownership of land can safeguard important cultural resources, such as our owning Laufenburg Ranch in Knights Valley preserves its designated historic barn. We hold and monitor conservation easements (recorded agreements which restrict the use of the land no matter who owns it) that protect beautiful and productive woodlands, baylands, coastal bluffs and agricultural lands throughout Sonoma County.

  Réta Lockert

966 Sonoma Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
(707) 526-6930