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Pepperwood is a community-supported ecological institute that conducts applied research and provides educational programming with the singular goal of conserving the San Francisco Bay Area’s natural heritage for generations to come. Dedicated to the protection of the regions’s rich biodiversity represented within its 3,200 acres, Pepperwood provides unique open-space access to nature lovers, students of all ages, volunteers and scientists from the Bay Area and beyond.
Quail Hill Forestlands
In 1998 the Harrington brothers donated a 90 acre conservation easement to Sonoma Land Trust. The ridgetop forest land protected at Quail Hill supports magnificent oaks, fir and redwood. No tree cutting, hunting or change to the topography will take place on this coastal hill property in the Freestone/Occidental area. After many years of contention over the development of Quail Hill, the agreement to place a conservation easement over the forested portion of the land provided for both the owners’ economic needs and the community’s concern for habitat and scenic values.
The Sonoma Land Trust was established in 1976 to provide permanent protection of Sonoma County lands, their natural beauty and their biotic resources. More than 12,000 acres have been preserved in the last quarter century, thanks to landowners and supporters who work with the Trust to protect the land forever.
Rio Grande Gorge
“…Stuppin’s paintings produce a serotonin rush of pleasure. In part this comes from the kind of naivete or innocence they embody, and in part comes from their visual richness. But there is more at work on these surfaces. Stuppin employs a series of compositional strategies-rhythmic patterns and careful juxtapositions of color-calculated to capture and reveal the essential unifying principals of the natural world. The paintings provide us with a sense of sacredness inherent in each moment and each place, to which we are invited, along with the artist, to feel, to contemplate, and to revere.” Miriam Roberts, Santa Fe
Russian River from Red Hill
Russian River from Red Hill
The Sonoma Land Trust purchased the 915 acre Red Hill from the Sequeria family in 2000. The land includes 40 acres of old growth redwoods, canyons and rocky ridges. The property is adjacent to the popular Pomo Trail, affords stunning views of the coast to the west and Willow Creek watershed to the east and provides magnificent spring wildflower displays. As the lead negotiator in the preservation transcaction, Sonoma Land Trust received funding from the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District and the California State Conservancy to acquire the ranch for a new State Park.