Hood Mountain Lawson Expansion Master Plan
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Parks is master planning the 247-acre Lawson property that recently has been
added to Hood Mountain Regional Park & Open Space Preserve. This master
planning process is studying opportunities for the public to enjoy the
property, known as the Lawson addition, and to enhance and protect its unique
and sensitive environment. Two community workshops are being held to solicit
ideas for park amenities and trail alignments while studies evaluate the
natural resources. The first workshop took place on November 18, 2015,
and the second and final meeting was on May 19, 2016. The ‘Become Involved’ tab
includes all the details for both of the Community Workshops.
Expansion Property Location Map (680 kB)
The Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation
& Open Space District purchased the Lawson property in 2005 and
transferred title to Regional Parks in June 2014. The property features
oak woodlands, grasslands, mixed evergreen forest, and riparian
chaparral/Sargent cypress woodland. A prominent ridgeline offers views
of the Sonoma Valley and beyond. The property includes several
special-status plants and significant cultural resources.
property’s rugged backcountry provides an opportunity for new multi-use
trails and greater connectivity to existing trails within the park.
Other recreational opportunities might include picnicking, fishing,
nature observation, and hike-in stays by permit-only. The property
provides abundant opportunities to learn about natural and culture
The District holds a conservation easement and a
recreation covenant on the property, protecting in perpetuity the scenic
and natural values and requiring the land be open for low-intensity
recreation and education uses.
The Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District is funding the Master Plan process and environmental documents, cultural resource protection, and the construction of a trail that will connect the expansion area to the park’s Lower Johnson Ridge Trail.
Community Workshop #1
The November 18, 2015 workshop encouraged public participation by presenting an overview of the Lawson expansion property and the master plan process. A handful of community members, park neighbors, and park users participated in the workshop. Attendees were encouraged to
participate by working together in small groups and sharing their interests and concerns. The comments are being compiled by the master plan team to help develop the Plans for the park that will be presented to the public in early spring of 2016. Meeting materials for the first Community Master Plan meeting
can be accessed below.
Community Workshop #2
At the May 19th workshop participants received a presentation on the preferred plan. Information was presented to the public that addressed Hood Mountain Regional Park & Open Space Preserve resources and limitations, specifically with sensitivity to biological resources. The
Project Manager discussed the outcome of design requests received at the first public meeting and how those were incorporated into the final trail design, as well as describing possible changes to existing structures on the Lawson Addition. Attendees were excited about being able to explore the new trails.
Meeting materials for the second Community Master Plan meeting can be accessed below.
Public meeting dates and other planning
information will be shared on this website. To get the latest news, please sign
up for “Planning Updates” in the upper right of this page.
For more information, please contact Project Manager Karen Davis-Brown, Project Manager, by phone at (707) 565-1359 or by email at
18, 2015 - Community Workshop #1 – Presentation of Draft Master Plan
May 19, 2016 – Community Workshop #2 – Presentation of preferred plan
May 2016 – Address public comments and conduct environmental review
June 2016 – Finalize Master Plan and CEQA document
October – November 2016 – CEQA public review period
Late spring 2017 – Board of Supervisors approval
Summer 2017 – Construction implementation
Fall 2017 – New trails and other features open to the public