by Nicole Na
Eleven years of hard work is coming to fruition this Sunday. Since the late 1800s, when the marsh at Sears Point was diked and drained for farmland, the land has seen a lot of change. It’s been farmed for oat hay, nearly been covered by a casino, acquired by Sonoma Land Trust, sat through years of fundraising and construction and paperwork, and was finally flooded through a levee breach. After all these big changes, it’s now time for the land to settle and grow back into the functional tidal marsh it was always meant to be.
On Sunday, Sonoma Land Trust will transfer the land at Sears Point to San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge to steward and protect in perpetuity. At the same time, we and our partners will open 2.5 miles of new Bay Trail to the public. We hope that future generations of Bay Area residents walking the Bay Trail will bear witness to future generations of the wildlife that make our bay marshes so special.
If you’d like to be among the first to walk the new Bay Trail, register here for our afternoon event, which starts at 2pm on Sunday.
We hope to see you there!
Nicole Na is Sonoma Land Trust's communications coordinator and blogmaster of Mountains + Molehills.
Sonoma Land Trust is a local nonprofit based in Santa Rosa, CA, that conserves scenic, natural, agricultural and open lands in Sonoma County for the benefit of the community and future generations. This blog focuses on SLT's stewardship team, whose members do hands-on work to directly protect, restore, and safeguard the land for generations to come.