Kenwood Press


Serving the communities of Kenwood, Glen Ellen and Oakmont

email print
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.



Recently Published:

09/15/2020 - This year, voting is a little different
09/15/2020 - I can't see clearly now …
09/15/2020 - Help new library at SDC
09/15/2020 - Enjoy the big, beautiful outdoors at Sugarloaf
09/15/2020 - North Valley MAC starts Sept. 16
09/15/2020 - Postal Service rules sideline some local Census survey deliveries
09/15/2020 - Time for CASA volunteer training
09/15/2020 - Fighting wildfires before they start
09/15/2020 - SDC community outreach meeting set for Sept. 30
09/15/2020 - 911 -- Call if you can; text if you can’t
09/15/2020 - Incumbent Kenwood fire district directors unopposed
09/15/2020 - What’s on the ballot this year?
09/15/2020 - Learning continues at Dunbar – just from a distance
09/15/2020 - Finding History – A personal journey of discovery at the SDC
09/15/2020 - District 1 residents can apply for commission spots
09/01/2020 - Sign up for October CASA training
09/01/2020 - Time is now for input on county PG&E settlement funds
09/01/2020 - Feeding people in need...
09/01/2020 - Mystery driver takes out bulletin board in Glen Ellen
09/01/2020 - New Oakmont escape route avoids Highway 12
09/01/2020 - Meet your new North Valley MAC
09/01/2020 - Sugarloaf Ridge State Park events
09/01/2020 - School board slots uncontested
09/01/2020 - Fawn Rescue’s virtual FAWNdraiser
09/01/2020 - VJB use permit hearing postponed

Community Calendar

Toxic Waste drop-off
09/22/2020
more...
VOMWD hazard mitigation virtual meeting
09/24/2020
more...
Sugarloaf Trail Crew
09/24/2020
more...
SDC community outreach
09/30/2020
more...
FAWNdraiser
10/01/2020
more...
FAWNdraiser
10/02/2020
more...
FAWNdraiser
10/03/2020
more...
Charmian Kittredge London biography book release
10/03/2020
more...
FAWNdraiser
10/04/2020
more...
GE Fair Quilt drawing
10/11/2020
more...