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07-10-2006, 10:08 AM

Please join Sonoma Land Trust staff for a workday at the new native plant nursery at Sears Point Ranch in Southern Sonoma County (near Lakeville Hwy & Hwy 37), Friday July 28th, 1-3p.m. Volunteers are needed to propogate native plants in preparation for winter plantings at restoration sites along Tolay Creek and other wetland sites in the North Bay. For more information or to sign-up, please call 526-6930 x100 or email: volunteer@sonomalandtrust.org.

Be a founding volunteer and come help with the first of many projects at the new native plant nursery. The nursery is managed by the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge, with support from many partnering groups, including Save The Bay, Sonoma Land Trust, Friends of San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge, the Bay Institute, and others working to support wetland restoration along Tolay Creek and nearby wetland sites.

The Sears Point Ranch is part of a 2,327-acre property along Hwy 37, once proposed as a casino site, now permanently protected by Sonoma Land Trust with extensive wetland restoration plans underway. Since the late 1800s, the North Bay has seen a loss of 85% of its historic tidal marsh. As the largest restoration effort in Sonoma County, the Sears Point project will restore approximately 1,350 acres of wetlands along San Pablo Bay. The restoration will provide extensive new habitat for endangered species, including the California clapper rail and salt marsh harvest mouse, as well as migrating ducks and shorebirds.

Since 1976 Sonoma Land Trust has been developing long-term land-protection strategies for the varied regions of the county, acquiring conservation easements and properties of special significance; managing preserves; working on land stewardship and restoration projects; and providing opportunities for hikes, environmental education and restoration activities. With more than 17,000 acres of valuable resource land under permanent protection, Sonoma Land Trust exists to ensure that the varied scenic, natural, agricultural and open landscapes of the region stay forever wild for the benefit of present and future generations.

For More Information:
Sonoma Land Trust www.sonomalandtrust.org/searsptlinks.htm
Save The Bay www.saveSFbay.org
San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge www.fws.gov/refuges/profiles/index.cfm?id=11644
Friends of the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge www.pickleweed.org
San Francisco Bay Joint Venture www.yourwetlands.org