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Open Space District’s Keen Property Fire Recovery Outing 9:00 am
Open Space District’s Keen Property Fire Recovery Outing @ Meeting location
Feb 24 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Protected by Ag + Open Space in 2002, the Keen property is one of Sonoma Valley’s more unique and picturesque conservation easements. It protects ancient lava flows that form walls and rooms, that in turn[...]
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Feb
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Open Space District’s Keen Property Fire Recovery Outing @ Meeting location
Feb 24 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Protected by Ag + Open Space in 2002, the Keen property is one of Sonoma Valley’s more unique and picturesque conservation easements. It protects ancient lava flows that form walls and rooms, that in turn frame elegant displays of native plants and offer stunning portal views to the surrounding Mayacamas Mountains. With the recent rainfall, the creeks have revived across a gorgeous protected property that is home to the headwaters of Agua Caliente Creek. The October 2017 fires also heavily affected this property. We invite you to come see the land rebound, assess burned trees and learn how to interpret fire-affected landscapes.

This hike is a part of a seasonal series. Hikes to this property will be scheduled throughout the year to give participants an opportunity to see the seasonal changes of a fire-impacted property. This outing is for experienced hikers only, with difficult to moderate hiking over uneven, steep terrain with no trail. We may pass through brushy areas, with possible exposure to ticks or poison oak. Bring appropriate clothing including long pants and sturdy footwear, a hat or sunscreen, and plenty of water. There is no charge for this outing, as it is made possible by Sonoma County Ag + Open Space and the voters of Sonoma County who fund the districts work with a quarter cent sales tax.

REGISTER TODAY! Limited spots available for this unique opportunity to hike one of the gems of Sonoma Valley. This outing will fill fast!

Questions? Please contact Tony Passantino at tony@sonomaecologycenter.org or (707) 996-0712 x124.

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Buckeye Knob to Jack London State Park Hike @ Buckeye Knob
Mar 16 @ 8:30 am – 2:00 pm

Buckeye Knob, located on the east side of Sonoma Mountain, is a privately owned property and forever protected through a conservation easement donated to the Ag + Open Space District by the property owners. The 52-acre property is located on a highly visible south-facing hillside and includes grassland, oak woodland, and the lush upper canyon of Carriger Creek.

Sonoma Ecology Center naturalists will share their natural history knowledge while we get an invigorating workout into our weekend. Hikers will explore the canyon first, and then climb to the top of the knob for a picnic lunch while enjoying spectacular views of Sonoma Valley, the Mayacamas, and San Pablo Bay. Following lunch we will explore the East Slope Sonoma Mountain Ridge Trail, out to where it connects to Jack London State Park, and then return back through Buckeye Knob.

This is an intermediate level hike with some steep ascents and descents. We will hike approximately 5 miles, and there is some elevation gain and very uneven footing. There is no charge for this outing, which is made possible by the voters of Sonoma County who fund the work of  Ag + Open Space with a quarter-cent sales tax.

REGISTER TODAY! Reservations are required online by 5pm on Wednesday, March 10th Directions and day-of contact information will be emailed upon registration. For more information, contact Tony Passantino at (707) 996-0712 x124 or tony@sonomaecologycenter.org.