Meet the Mountain: Explore and Renew

Hello, mountain lovers, 

During Covid we seized the more spacious lives we had to revise our SMP Bylaws, strengthen our structure, expand Board representation from around the mountain, and continue visioning how we can best advocate for Sonoma Mountain going forward.
To help focus the Board’s efforts to cultivate a sense of place, engage people in our landscape, and inspire you to become mountain stewards, we’ve created new access and outreach committees.
New Board Members
We’re excited to welcome seven new members to our Board of Directors:  Tracy Salcedo-Chourre of Glen Ellen, Teri Shore of Sonoma, Kim Batchelder of Santa Rosa, and three west-side folks: Matt McGuire and Avery Hellman of Petaluma, and John Sheehy of Penngrove.
Four long-time SMP Steering Committee members are now honored emeritus Board members: Mickey Cooke of Glen Ellen, Lucy Kortum of Petaluma, and Helen Bates and David Hansen of Santa Rosa.
Parks Open
We’re very happy our public parks on the Sonoma Mountains, including Jack London State Historic Park, and regional parks North Sonoma Mountain, Tolay, Taylor Mountain, and Crane Creek—along with the SDC open spaces—are again open to the public!!! 
Like all of you, we’re sad not to meet in person, experience, and explore the mountains together. Hopefully that will change soon. In the meantime, enjoy our beautiful open spaces.

Meg Beeler for the SMP Board

What's Happening at SDC?

Not much has been visible during Covid, but…

  • Hiking is open south of Sonoma Regional Park (Lake Suttonfield), and west of Arnold. Parking is restricted.
  • Dyett & Bhatia, the consultant group hired to prepare the Specific Plan and required environmental impact report, is completing additional background reports and preparing potential reuse scenarios for public review later this summer.
  • The County’s SDC Planning Advisory Team (PAT) of thirteen will be reviewing plans and making recommendations to the county. The two representatives of active community organizations in the local area, three community members with technical and planning expertise relevant to the SDC, and eight community members at large, five of which either work or live within two miles of the SDC include: Yesenia Lemus, Marianne Mazzucco Thompson, Peter Ziblatt, Kelso Barnett, Mollyanne M. Meyn, Bob Holloway, Richard Dale, Nicholas Mikhail Dalton, John McCaull, Vicki Ann Hill, Peter J. O'Hara, Robert Upton, and Victor Gonzalez. 

Find updates and details at Transform SDC and SDC Specific Plan.

Exploring, Listening, Learning

We’ve gotten great feedback on our various links to cool nature sites, so we’ll continue those until we can meet again.  And if you have a recommendation, please send it along. 
See Who Was Out on Our Lands Recently
From the Living with Lions trail camera project:
Find Your “Sit Spot”
Looking for a mindful and inspiring outdoor activity that's easy to do in your own neighborhood and will connect you to nature? Landpaths Youth Programs Manager Jamie Nakama guides you in Finding Your Sit Spot. 
Love Buckeyes?
Enjoy SMP Vice-Chair Arthur Dawson’s article on Buckeye Place Names in Sonoma County:
SF Bay’s Sacred Mountains
This relaxing pilgrimage and visual journey explores the physical, spiritual, and energetic realms of San Francisco Bay’s sacred mountains. It invites you to reflect on your own sacred connections and offers you tools to expand your perceptions wherever you live.
Features Sonoma Mountain, Mount Diablo, Mount Hamilton, Mount Umhunum, San Bruno Mountain, Mount Tamalpais, and Ring Mountain. Have you visited all of them? 
Save Mt Diablo invited SMP’s Chair Meg Beeler to create this Nature Heals presentation.
Anise Swallowtail Hatching
Prepare for next year by knowing where to look! Short, fun video from Pepperwood Preserve.


“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature—the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”
~ Rachel Carson

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