To ring the new year, Bodega Land Trust received from Sonoma Land Trust a convservation easement over a beautiful quarter-mile stretch of Coleman Valley Creek west of Occidental. The creek which runs across a property donated to Sonoma Land Trust in 2017 is a major tributary of Salmon Creek, It is a priority for our land and water protection work in the watershed.
The new easement is named after Alden Gilchrist, who loved the underlying property and whose partner generously donated the land to the Sonoma Land Trust. We are grateful for our partnership with Sonoma Land Trust, which increases our opportunities to protect the Salmon Creek watershed.
When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.
~Aldo Leopold 1886-1948
Bodega Land Trust was established in 1992 by a small group of ranchers who, like Aldo Leopold, saw the realization of community in a shared love of the land. As new technologies increasingly influence the pace and patterns of our daily lives, Bodega Land Trust helps anchor us to a physical place – engaging us with the land and its natural and agricultural systems. From its origins in the town of Bodega, the Trust has focused its efforts on protecting the local area roughly defined by the Sonoma Coast from Jenner to the Estero Americano and the watersheds of Salmon Creek and Dutch Bill Creek, a tributary of the Russian River.