Estero Trail (Proposed)
The Sonoma County Regional Parks Department and
the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District are
partnering on the Estero Trail Project. The purpose of the project is to define
and dedicate a public access pedestrian only trail easement alignment to
connect Highway 1 to the Estero Americano. The proposed project is located on
the Bordessa Ranch property located just north of Valley Ford between Highway 1 and
the Estero Americano.
The Public Review Period was open for the initial study on the Designation of
Trail Corridors and Associated Staging Areas Project. The comment period ran
from October 20 to November 19, 2016.
The Estero Americano is a 9-mile coastal estuary
on the Sonoma-Marin border. This unique landscape and its beautiful vistas have
had limited public access in Sonoma County, with the surrounding land
predominantly used for livestock grazing and dairy farming. In May of 2012, the
Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation & Open Space District acquired a
Trail Easement on the Bordessa Ranch, a 495-acre Ranch on Valley Ford Road that
backs up to the estuary. The trail easement provides an opportunity for public
access to this stunning natural resource.
Sonoma County Regional Parks received grant
funding from the California Coastal Conservancy to develop a plan that defines
public access and recreation and minimizes impacts on the property’s occupants
and sensitive resources. Funding will support studies that will help determine
the location of public-access improvements. Recreational uses may include
low-impact trails for nature study, bird watching, docent-led tours,
picnicking, outdoor education, scientific research and observation. Seasonal
access to the Estero Americano for kayaking and canoeing also will be
The Public Review Period was open for the initial
study on the Designation of Trail Corridors and Associated Staging Areas
Project. The Comment Period Ran from October 20 to November 19, 2016.
The first project community workshop was held on May 8, 2014, to discuss the
planning process for the Proposed Estero Trail. Over thirty stakeholders and
members of the public attended the meeting and shared ideas and provided
feedback on potential future uses.
The second and final community workshop on November 4, 2015 presented a project
overview and timeline, and the proposed locations of the Estero Trail Corridor.
The presentation was followed by an open question and answer period which
provided time for stakeholder’s questions and comments to be heard. The meeting
presentation can be viewed below:
Estero Trail At Bordessa Ranch Presentation (3.3 MB)
Public meeting dates and other planning information will be shared on this
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For additional information please contact Karen
Davis-Brown, Project Manager at (707) 565-1359 or by email at
Questions or Comments?
Contact Project Manager:
Call: (707) 565-1359
Email: Karen Davis-Brown
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