Close to Home: Preserving Sonoma Valley land

  • The Sonoma Developmental Center links over 9,000 acres of protected land connecting the the Marion Coast to the interior coast ranges of California in Sonoma on Friday, March 7, 2014. The Sonoma Developmental Center the last large undeveloped property in the Sonoma Valley and is home to many native plants and animals.(Conner Jay/The Press Democrat)

The Sonoma Land Trust, perhaps the county's most outstanding land preservation group with a long and unmatched history, is eager and dedicated to preserving Sonoma Development Center land and maintaining the vital services that have been provided there for its population.

The Land Trust has joined with a coalition of other preservation groups including the Sonoma County Open Space District, Sonoma County Regional Parks Department, Sonoma Ecology Center, Sonoma Mountain Preservation and the Valley of the Moon Natural History Association.

The Land Trust has this to say: "At almost 1,000 acres, the Sonoma Developmental Center property is the largest and most significant unprotected land in the Sonoma Valley. In addition to providing services for developmentally disabled individuals, this property is situated at the heart of the Sonoma Valley Wildlife Corridor, a crucial passage for wildlife that extends over five miles from Sonoma Mountain to the Mayacamas Mountains and is at risk of being developed."

According to the Land Trust, the Coalition is working to:

; Retain the Sonoma Developmental Center services on the property and explore other appropriate uses within the footprint of the facilities.

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