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.
This 431 acre former diked oat hay land along San Pablo Bay was restored to tidal action in 1996 through a partnership between the Trust, the California State Coastal Conservancy and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sonoma Baylands offers the salt marsh a chance to reclaim some of the territory it held in early California. The Sonoma Land Trust purchased the property as part of a larger ranch, reshaped the levees and allowed the bay waters to start the restoration process. Establishment of the tidal marsh provides habitat for the salt marsh harvest mouse and the California clapper rail, two endangered species. The California State Coastal Conservancy now owns this land.