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Hood Mountain Lawson Expansion - Background

View of Hood Mountain Summit from Lawson Trail

Project Background

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.

The 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, nature observation, and hike-in stays by permit-only. The property provides abundant opportunities to learn about natural and culture history.

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. 

Final Master Plan Documents

Please see these final Master Plan documents for complete information.

Project Funding

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.