Sonoma Land Trust has completed the $2.35 million purchase of Pole Mountain Preserve, which includes the highest peak along the Sonoma Coast.
The Preserve's 238 acres connects the Jenner Headlands and the
Sonoma Land Trust's Little Black Mountain Preserve near Cazadero.
An historic and still active fire lookout tower is located on
2,204-foot Pole Mountain, Sonoma Land Trust's director of communications
Sheri Cardo said.
The Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space
District contributed $1 million toward the purchase, the California Wildlife
Conservation Board gave $650,000 and the California Coastal Conservancy and
the David and Lucile Packard Foundation each gave $350,000.
The purchase will ensure the wild and scenic landscape that
affords unobstructed, 360-degree views of Sonoma County will remain an
undeveloped refuge for wildlife and hikers, Cardo said.
"We also received overwhelming support from individual donors who
recognized the critical need for conserving Pole Mountain in all its quiet
grandeur so that it will forever remain undisturbed and natural," said Amy
Chestnut, Sonoma Land Trust's acquisitions director.
Pole Mountain connects more than 6,300 acres of habitat for deer,
bobcat, badger, mountain lion, golden eagles and bird species, Cardo said.
The site includes oak savannah, open grasslands, pockets of
coniferous forest and ancient madrone.
The Pole Mountain Fire Lookout
organization staffs the two-story lookout during fire season.
Pole Mountain will be readily available to hikers once
construction of a trailhead on Jenner Headlands is completed on Highway 1
north of Jenner, Cardo said.
Until then, Sonoma Land Trust plans guided hikes on Pole Mountain
on Sept. 14 and 28 and Oct. 12 and 26. Registration is required.
--Bay City News