Hood Mountain Regional Park to grow with contribution of Santa Rosa Creek home

A beautiful, quarter-mile stretch of upper Santa Rosa Creek will be permanently safeguarded as part of Hood Mountain Regional Park and Open Area Preserve after the Sonoma Land Trust’s current purchase of a 40-acre parcel on the park boundary.The new residential or commercial property, located near the Los Alamos Road entrance at the northern end of the park, consists of the last stand of redwoods in headwaters of Santa Rosa Creek and a cool shaded creek canyon suitable for unusual steelhead trout, among which was spotted in its waters simply recently, land trust agents said.The recently acquired home is fairly small– especially compared with the 1,750-acre wilderness park it adjoins– however it has essential worth as a buffer in between the park and a growing number of estate homes being integrated in the area, along Los Alamos Roadway, the nonprofit group stated. It also extends a recognized wildlife passage through the hills above Highway 12 and the Oakmont/Kenwood areas. That corridor has ended up being a centerpiece of local preservation efforts in the last few years, as land supervisors look for to create room for mountain lions, deer, bear and a host of other animals to stroll throughout Sonoma and neighboring counties.”This property’s been undeveloped and completely wild, essentially, because the ’40s, but there was a concern that we had

that there was a lot more development around the park, “said John McCaull, the land trust’s Sonoma Valley acquisitions manager.Unlike the majority of Hood Mountain Regional Park, the brand-new parcel got away the flames that burned through Sonoma County last fall.

The residential or commercial property is to be contributed later on this year to Sonoma County Regional Parks however will not be developed for public gain access to, mainly because the land, high up in the Mayacamas Mountains, is too high, parks Preparation Supervisor Steve Ehret stated. Rugged banks decorated with moss-covered rocks and arching trees lead up from the creek on both sides.”This is simply great upland, wonderful habitat, buffer redwoods,”Ehret stated. It shows up, nevertheless, simply beyond the existing park boundary from the Santa Rosa Creek Trail, a mellow, half-mile path simply listed below creek’s headwaters and the Los Alamos Roadway park gate.

“The trail today terminates at the residential or commercial property line,”McCaull stated,”so at least people can value it.”McCaull said county parks has actually had its eye on the home”for a long time”because of its wild state, with big fully grown trees– consisting of second-growth, 75-year-old redwoods– deep pools, downed logs

and sandbars, all integrating for perfect steelhead generating habitat. McCaull stated he was stunned when he spotted an 18-inch adult steelhead during a check out to the creek last week, evidence of a tough journey 5 miles upstream from the ocean to the Russian River and then to Santa Rosa Creek at the Laguna de Santa Rosa, and finally up the slope of Hood Mountain.”This is the very first time in over a years that a steelhead has actually been documented in the upper reaches of Santa Rosa Creek, and it offers our protection of this home even more value,”McCaull said.Acquired from a long time area ranching family in the area that wished to see the

property stay in its undeveloped state, the property was acquired for$90,000, funded through grants from Wine Nation Weekend, the San Francisco Structure and major donors, the land trust said.