The project consists of accepting grant funding to perform due diligence and, if results of the due diligence are acceptable, subsequent transfer of title to eight parcels located between Smith Brothers Road and Bodega Bay Harbor. The parcels generally extend several feet from the road then drop straight down the bluff to small beaches, mudflats or the harbor; they total 2.17 acres. The parcels are along a public road and currently used by the public in the top-of-bluff area. The project includes support for existing use including site cleanup, debris removal, invasives removal, and other minor work.
Acceptance of title to these parcels for future management by Regional Parks supports Regional Parks' active planning efforts toward the Bodega Bay Trail section of the California Coastal Trail connecting Birdwalk Coastal Access with Lucas Wharf. Proposed improvements for the Bodega Bay Trail include the trail itself, a viewing area, benches, trash/recycle receptacles, and educational and regulatory signage. This multi-user recreational trail is en\1sioned in the Local Coastal Plan and included in the County of Sonoma Capital Project Plan 2021-2026. The acceptance of these parcels to provide coastal access and advance the California Coastal Trail will benefit the general public by improving coastal access and expanding outdoor recreation opportunities.