Jenner Headlands Preserve
Jenner Headlands is a spectacular 5,630 acre mosaic of redwood and Douglas fir forests, oak woodland, chaparral, and coastal prairie overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The property adjoins Pacific Coast Highway for 2.5 miles adjacent to Sonoma Coast State Park just north of the Russian River Estuary. The property has many rare and endangered species including the northern spotted owl, peregrine falcon, and red tree vole along with: deer, bobcat, coyote, and mountain lions. Clear-running streams on the property have steelhead trout and will aid the recovery of the endangered coho salmon.
This 2009 acquisition was a result of the dedicated four-year effort by the Sonoma Land Trust and the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District that was joined by five other funding sources: the California Coastal Conservancy, the California Wildlife Conservation Board, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and Forest Legacy Program. The Wildlands Conservancy loaned and guaranteed loans totaling $10.6 million to insure this acquisition when funding was delayed. It is the single largest conservation land acquisition in Sonoma County history.
Over the next three years, the Sonoma Land Trust and The Wildlands Conservancy will work closely in developing a resource management plan to restore the coastal prairie and to aid the recovery of old growth redwood forests from decades of logging. This planning effort will address passive recreation including: hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking trails, backcountry camping, and picnic areas. At the end of three years, the fee title to the property will be transferred to The Wildlands Conservancy (TWC) to manage as a TWC preserve through consensus management decisions with Sonoma Land Trust.
During the planning process, public access is limited to ranger lead hikes by TWC rangers and Sonoma Land Trust staff. For information on hikes call 707.328.5543 or 707.328.8539.
Until permanent parking locations are developed, access locations vary weekly with the ranger lead hikes.