The public is invited on a public outing at the Montini Open Space Preserve on Saturday, October 29, 2011 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Come and enjoy the Montini Open Space Preserve in all its fall glory! We will talk about the rich natural and cultural history of this Preserve, admire the flora and fauna of the valley, and view wildlife as we stroll through this scenic hillside backdrop to Sonoma. This outing will be led by Caitlin Cornwall, Sonoma Ecology Center Biologist. Cornwall says, “This preserve feels bigger than it actually is, because it has a number of little meadows ringed by trees, creating unique “rooms” that each have their own character. It’s great to feel ensconced in these little wildland rooms and yet be able to look down right into Sonoma Valley.”
The Montini Open Space Preserve was protected by the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District in 2005 and includes 152 acres in the City of Sonoma. The preserve is primarily oak woodlands with volcanic rock outcroppings and open grasslands, and offers great views Sonoma Valley and San Pablo Bay. A trail will be built soon to provide public access and create a connection to the Sonoma Overlook Trail.
This is an intermediate to advanced level outing. Much of the outing is off trail or on narrow trails, and there are occasional overhanging branches. Heavy rain cancels the outing. There is no charge for the outing, thanks to the voters of Sonoma County who funded the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District's work with a quarter cent sales tax. Reservations are required by 5:00 pm Friday, October 28, 2011. For more information, contact Jessica Glatt at (707) 996-0712 ext. 110 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The mission of the Sonoma Ecology Center is to work with our community to enhance and sustain ecological health in Sonoma Valley.