The project consists of adding one parcel to the proposed transfer of the McCormick Ranch property from the Sonoma Land Trust to expand the County’s Hood Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve. In 2016, the County assessed the transfer of 5 parcels totaling 244.34± acres of natural habitat in the Mayacamas Mountains at the headwaters of the South Fork of Santa Rosa Creek and Bear Creek near the Preserve. The County considered the potential environmental effects of the project under CEQA and determined that the property transfer was exempt. A Notice of Exemption was posted with the Sonoma County Clerk Recorder on October 3, 2016. The proposed additional parcel (APN 030-050-019) will add 8.84± acres and close a gap between Hood Mountain Park and Preserve and Sugarloaf Ridge State Park improving wildlife and recreation connectivity.
The purpose of the acquisition is to preserve the open space values of the property and to improve habitat connectivity and recreational connections between the two parks for the benefit of the general public. To facilitate conservation and recreation on the property, the County may replace, or reconstruct existing fences and gates, provide minor fuel management and debris removal, conduct limited habitat restoration, maintain the existing access including minor trail/road work, and provide for interim public use of the property.