Update: Sonoma Land Trust’s Jenner Headlands Project
This is great news.
Note the opportunities to get on the land. A spectacular view, and we’ll work to protect the rest of the coastal area, plus get this piece connected to Armstrong Woods. That will be a joy to hike.
Have a wonderful autumn week, Rue
This is Brook Edwards from the Sonoma Land Trust with an update on the purchase of the Jenner Headlands. Are you familiar with the old adage, ‘good things take time’? We at the Sonoma Land Trust (SLT) remind ourselves of this each time a new hurdle arises in our path to purchase the Jenner Headlands property. The state budget crisis provided many new challenges for us this year but we are happy to announce that we are planning to purchase the property by the end of 2009. We recently received a conditional approval for funding from the State Coastal Conservancy (thank you for your support letters!), and this morning the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District approved a contribution of over $11 million! The project will be considered by the Wildlife Conservation Board on November 17th, and if all goes as planned, we intend to close by mid-December.
Once we purchase the Jenner Headlands we will begin conducting natural and cultural resource studies to learn more about the property. These studies will take place over the first 1-2 years of ownership (2010-2012). During this time we will also develop a public access plan that will balance public use with the protection of the property’s scenic, biologic, and cultural resources. During the course of these planning activities there won’t be open public access to the Jenner Headlands. However, to give folks a way to get out on the property right away, we will be offering guided hikes. These hikes will begin in early 2010 and be led by staff from the Sonoma Land Trust and our partner organizations. This will be the only way to hike the property during the first 1-2 years. We will keep you updated on how to sign up for a hike through postings to this listserv. Please stay tuned.
I have scheduled a series of days and times I will be available in the towns of Jenner and Duncans Mills to introduce myself, meet with people and answer questions about the project. In Jenner, I will be at the State Parks Visitors Center this Friday, November 6th, and Sunday, November 15th, from 9-11am. In Duncans Mills, I will be at the Gold Coast Coffee Shop on Friday, November 20th from 9-11am. If you can’t make any of these dates, I will be scheduling some meeting times in December as well.
I plan on posting updates about the project to this listserv on a regular basis. You can also visit our webpage for updates at:
www.sonomalandtrust.org <http://www.sonomalandtrust.org/> We are looking forward to finalizing the purchase of the Jenner Headlands and moving on to the next phase. Thanks to each and every one of you for your support and ongoing enthusiasm for this project.
Brook R. Edwards
Jenner Headlands Project Manager
Sonoma Land Trust