3rd Saturday Workday in Annadel - This weekend!

Greetings trail work volunteers - The next Sonoma County Trails Council trail work day to help repair the trails at Annadel State Park is Saturday, September 21, from 9am to about 1pm.

Meet us at 9am at the bottom of North Burma Trail at Channel Drive. We will have parking passes for those that drive and there should be adequate parking in that general area.

Bring gloves, a hat and water that you can take with you while working, and wear long pants, boots or sturdy shoes and sunscreen. No experience necessary - we have tools and trained crew leaders.

In order to make sure we have enough tools and beverages please reply to kenwells@sonic.net if you plan to attend.

We look forward to seeing you and having fun taking care of our wonderful park.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me.

My apology for duplicate notices.

Ken Wells, Executive Director Sonoma County Trails Council 707-538-9389 www.sonomatrails.org

3rd Saturday Trail Stewardship at Annadel, Nov. 19th

IMG_0015 The next Sonoma County Trails Council trail work day to help repair the trails at Annadel State Park is Saturday, November 19, from 9am to about 1pm.

Meet us at 9am at the bottom of North Burma Trail at Channel Drive. Look for the white SCTC tool trailer. We will have parking passes for those that drive and there should be adequate parking in that general area.  Wear boots or sturdy shoes, bring water that you can take with you while working, and gloves.

In order to make sure we have enough tools and snacks please let us know if you plan to attend.

We look forward to seeing you all and having fun taking care of our wonderful park.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us.

Ken Wells, Executive Director Sonoma County Trails Council

 

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A Watersheds Walk in Sebastopol, March 27, 2010

Did you know that two perennial creeks flow through Sebastopol? Get to know the topography and history of Sebastopol's watersheds on this new 5.5 mile walk that explores the sometimes hidden paths of Calder and Zimpher creeks as they travel to the Laguna de Santa Rosa. The walk begins at the Sebastopol Plaza (Petaluma Ave. and McKinley St.) at 9am. Wear comfortable shoes, a hat, and bring water, sunscreen and a snack. Heavy rain cancels. After the walk some of the group may wish to have lunch at a Sebastopol restaurant.  Leader for this walk is Geoffrey Skinner (blog author).

This walk is part of a series of walks around the City of Sebastopol -- and one of many walks throughout Sonoma County now listed on the iWalk Sonoma website. iWalk Sonoma is a project of Healthy Sonoma 2020.

For more information, please contact Geoffrey Skinner

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A Push for New West County Bike Trails

Sebastopol resident Lynn Deedler has big plans to get walkers and bikers off the highways. Though Sebastopol has a reputation for supporting green programs and businesses and is halfway along the Joe Rodota & West County trails, the two state highways that pass through town make it less friendly for folks who want to get around on their own power. Deedler, a member of the Sebastopol Design Review Board, has been putting in countless hours promoting alternatives that parallel Hwy 116 (a north-south route) and Hwy 12/Bodega Ave. (an east-west route). Regional Parks and the Sebastopol City Council have both endorsed the idea -- an critical element toward being eligible for grants and other funding for feasibility studies and beyond. The County is particularly interested because it would jump-start a long-dormant plan to convert the abandoned Petaluma & Santa Rosa Railroad route from Bloomfield Road in Sebastopol to Petaluma into an 11-mile long recreational trail. When the rail corridor was abandoned in the 1980s, the rights of way reverted to the original (or subsequent) owners of properties along the way. Many sections would have to be purchased or alternatives found, but one of the main barriers has been the lack of connection at the Sebastopol end. Deedler's route runs from Bloomfield Road north to the Rodota Trail along the edge of the city; he has spoken with all the property owners along the way and found them nearly all to be receptive to considering rights-of-way for a trail. This trail would make a direct connection with the proposed Sebastopol-Petaluma trail and, with the Rodota and SMART Train corridor trail, would create a grand loop for commuting and recreational outings.

Deedler and his group, Sebastopol Trail Makers, would like to see an additional route -- largely off-street -- paralleling Bodega Ave. to connect the Rodota Trail to the schools on Watertrough Road, to the west of the City. The two trails could be connected by route curving around to the south of town to create a local loop approximately 7 miles long. If the Deedler's plans come to fruition, they will significantly bolster Sebastopol's reputation for bike-friendliness.

The next step is a feasibility study. Regional Parks wants to cover the entire length from Petaluma to Sebastopol, though most of the focus would likely be on the stretch between Bloomfield and the Rodota Trail due to the large number of private parcels involved; south of Bloomfield on the old Petaluma & Santa Rosa RR right-of-way should be less problematic. Regional Parks had an option to apply for funding for the feasibility study this year, but since a major project in Sonoma Valley was already underway, they decided to wait until the next funding cycle. Although the Sebastopol Trail Maker are eager to get underway, the delay will likely make for a stronger case next year.

A Look Back...and a Look Ahead

Happy New Year to all! 2009 was a productive and eventful year -- in rough order:

  • Trail Stewardship Training at Shiloh Regional Park, led by Rob Helms, Tim Mayer and Geoffrey Skinner
  • Trail stewardship projects at Annadel and Sugarloaf State Parks
  • Partnership with Regional Parks for trail construction at Hood Mountain
  • Trail design and construction at Little Black Mountain for Sonoma Land Trust
  • Temporary trail construction at Glen Oaks Ranch for Sonoma Land Trust
  • National Trails Day at Salt Point State Park--campground and trail stewardship projects
  • Council bylaws revised and adopted by Board of Directors
  • Winter and springtime dog hikes
  • Hard working crews led by Tim Mayer built a terrific pair of causeways on Spring Creek Trail at Annadel (see story below)
  • Successful reconsideration request for multi-use designation on Stump Beach Trail at Salt Point SP
  • Rob Helms steps down as Executive Director
  • A great tool party gets all tools in shape for the 2010 season

As we look to the coming year, we are still working to firm up our calendar, but look for:

  • Stump Beach Trail and other projects at Salt Point for National Trails Day in June
  • Trail stewardship on the Creekside Trail at Shiloh Regional Park
  • Stewardship workshops
  • Ongoing stewardship at Annadel

...and many more opportunities to get outside and give back to the parks. Please check back on our trails blog for current opportunities and news.