Wandering the Coastal Wonderland of Stewarts Point

On the magnificent League-owned property called Stewarts Point, the spectacular Sonoma County Coast and the mighty redwood forests are iconic elements of California’s identity. And forever intertwined with these inspiring landscapes is the cultural richness of the Native American tribes that have lived for thousands of years along the coastal bluffs and forested waterways. Here’s a look at this treasured land.

The League and our collaborators are celebrating this 870-acre property where nature and culture come together in one incredible conservation achievement, the permanent protection of Stewarts Point through an easement. Earlier this year, the League transferred the easement to Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District to conserve 700 acres of second-growth redwood forestland, more than 100 acres of coastal grasslands and 1.7 miles of the Gualala River. The transaction also included the transfer of an easement to the County of Sonoma for the development of a trail along the rugged coastline by 2019. Another agreement, a cultural access easement, is being finalized to grant the indigenous Kashia Band of Pomo Indians permanent access to their ancestral home for ceremonial uses.


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2 Responses to “Wandering the Coastal Wonderland of Stewarts Point”

  1. Chris Batchelder

    Have any trails been opened into the redwood forest preserve on the east side of Hwy 1 Stewarts Point? If so where does it start and go?
    Thanks,
    Chris

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    • Save The Redwoods League

      Hi Chris, we believe you might be referring to the coastal trail at Stewarts Point, which is actually on the west side of Highway One. This trail hasn’t opened quite yet. Originally, the aim for opening it to the public was slated for 2021. However, due to the pandemic, we suspect that timeline will get pushed back. Sonoma Regional Parks is in charge of opening that trail and you can learn more information here.

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