A consortium of public agencies and private land conservation groups has completed a $36 million purchase of the Jenner Headlands, a sprawling 5,630-acre ranch at the mouth of the Russian River.
Escrow on the complex transaction closed Thursday.
Under the deal, the Sonoma Land Trust will retain title, but the intention is to turn it over to a public agency that can maintain it. Plans for public access through guided tours will be announced early next year. Plans also call for a 2.5-mile section of the state's coastal trail across the property.
In addition to money raised by the Sonoma Land Trust, others agencies contributing funds include the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Coastal Estuarine Land Conservation Program, California State Coastal Conservancy, Wildlife Conservation Board, U.S. Forest Service, Forest Legacy Program, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Wildlands Conservancy, Save the Redwoods League and David and Lucile Packard Foundation.
Gualala Redwoods, which has used the land for logging redwoods and grazing cattle since the early 1960s, is selling the most visible portion of its property along Highway 1, but is retaining another 29,572 acres near Gualala and Jenner.