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News: 11/01/2014

Final pieces in place for SV park addition

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors took the final steps in October to add 29 acres to Sonoma Valley Regional Park, and to protect an important animal habitat and migratory corridor.

The property is being acquired by the Sonoma Land Trust for $1.1 million, then immediately transferred to the Sonoma County Regional Parks Department. The Sonoma County Agricultural and Open Space District is contributing $526,000 to the purchase, and is obtaining a conservation easement and recreation covenant over the property. The Land Trust has also secured a $526,000 grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to aid in the purchase.

In October, the Board of Supervisors approved the Open Space part of the deal as well as gave a thumbs up to land use amendments, a zone change, and a lot line adjustment in order to facilitate the acquisition.

The property – owned by the Curreri family since 1948 and adjacent to Sonoma Valley Regional Park – is a total of 35 acres. The Curreris will retain a little over six acres which will continue as a rural residential use for the family.

In addition to adding recreational activities to the park, the property sits within the Sonoma Valley Wildlife Corridor, which provides a crucial linkage for wildlife movement between Sonoma Mountain and the Mayacamas. Due to residential and vineyard development, the wildlife corridor comes to a narrow pinch point near the property and the Sonoma Developmental Center. According to a county staff report, “The loss of this specific property’s habitat and open space would severely limit future wildlife movement across the Sonoma Valley.”

The deal was expected to close at the end of October.

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