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Beautification of Dunbar Point underway

Beautification of Dunbar Point underway


Agreement between Sonoma Land Trust and the Glen Ellen Forum facilitates project

By Tracy Salcedo

The Glen Ellen Forum board of directors and the Sonoma Land Trust (SLT) have formalized an agreement for the care and maintenance of a 1.2-acre pocket of land at the junction of Arnold Drive, Dunbar Road, and Sonoma Highway.

The parcel, called Dunbar Point, is part of the land trust’s historic Glen Oaks Ranch, but has been physically separated from the main ranch property by the configuration of roadways at the junction. The 2017 Nuns Fire burned the land. Recently, neighbors on Dunbar Road sought out the property owner, seeking to improve upkeep of the land beyond mowing the perimeter. The idea of placing the parcel’s care and maintenance under the auspices of the Forum was first proposed by Glen Ellen resident Maud Hallin in conversation with Eamon O’Byrne, the land trust’s executive director.

“We’re very pleased to be able to partner with Glen Ellen Forum in this opportunity to develop a beautiful community resource on this habitat island,” said O’Byrne.

The license agreement, the first of its kind between the land trust and a community nonprofit, allows volunteers to undertake improvements, such as installation of native plants, that will enhance the property’s natural values and create what the Glen Ellen Forum’s Projects Committee hopes will be “an attractive visual gateway to Glen Ellen.” No public access to the land is or will be permitted. The Projects Committee intends to consult with local experts to ensure improvements are appropriate.

The land trust will contribute $4,000 annually for the parcel’s maintenance and improvement. If costs exceed that annual amount, the Forum will fundraise to meet the need.

For more information visit glenellen. org and sonomalandtrust. org.