To designate properties as permanent conserved open space with appropriate, managed public access and trails, so the community can enjoy our special natural resources and our flora and fauna can thrive.
• Be a model for the balance of community enjoyment of nature and protection of woodland and grassland habitat
• Maintain and enhance native habitat and the wildlife corridor
• Develop conservation education for youth to strengthen appreciation of these special natural resources
• Preserve scenic vistas of the Petaluma west hills and valley
• Maintain water conservation and groundwater recharge areas
• Prevent urban sprawl by maintaining a greenbelt
What is a wildlife corridor?
A wildlife corridor is a natural open space allowing animal movement and foraging, and bird migration. The woodlands are important habitat for bird nesting. In this case, the open space has connectivity to the Pt Reyes National seashore to the south, and to the northwest the Sonoma Coast. Northeast toward Penngrove and Cotati towards the Sonoma Mountains.
Where are the West Petaluma Hills:
Some parcels in the heart of the West Petaluma Hills if not conserved, are for sale and most likely to be used for development. The parcels of land are between Western Avenue and D Street Extension, and are central in the West Hills Wildlife Corridor. Familiar land names are La Cresta Ridge and Ravine and the Kelly Creek property. Northward, these hills are adjacent to the conserved Paula Lane open space property. Towards the west, Helen Putnam Regional Park borders the wildlife corridor.
Without preserving the remaining open lands in the West Petaluma Hills, this important connecting wildlife corridor will be lost. Our ability to enjoy the vistas and nature connection so close to our community will no longer be.