Sonoma Mountain Preservation (SMP) has been advocating for open space and scenic preservation of the mountain since 1993.

Our mission is to preserve Sonoma Mountain’s scenic, agricultural, and natural resources by cultivating a sense of place, engaging people with the landscape, and inspiring them to become mountain stewards. We:

  • Expand recreational opportunities on the mountain
  • Provide a forum for constructive discussion of issues relating to the mountain
  • Represent the interests of the mountain before public and private agencies and organizations
  • Support and encourage the development of multi-use trails for low-impact access to the mountain
  • Stimulate interest among county residents in supporting all these goals.

Sonoma County
Developmental Center Lawsuit

Sonoma Mountain Preservation is deeply involved in the current lawsuit against the County of Sonoma to require them to revise the current inadequate Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to address critical environmental issues and provide accurate analysis for effective mitigations. Learn more and see how you can help by clicking here.

Where the World Begins:
Sonoma Mountain Stories and Images

Where the World Begins is SMP’s beautiful book about Sonoma Mountain, with 140 stunning photos and 10 remarkable maps, and we just released our second printing!

Image: Independent Publishing Book Awards Medal

Order the book here (or via the link in the right sidebar) or purchase from Readers Books in Sonoma, at Copperfield’s in Petaluma, Sonoma, or Santa Rosa, and at some local wineries.

Winner: Bronze Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY) 2021 for best regional nonfiction in the West-Pacific Region! 

“This stunning book will inspire people for generations, just as Sonoma Mountain has always done.” ~ Dave Koehler, former executive director of Sonoma Land Trust

Click here to read more about the book.

The Wonders of Sonoma Mountain

See three different perspectives on Sonoma mountain from local non-profits—Sonoma Mountain Preservation, Jack London State Historic Park, and Sonoma Land Trust. Thanks to Glen Ellen Forum for inviting this focus at their monthly meeting.

SMP consists of an all-volunteer board of directors, a four-member executive committee, and a broad constituency of mountain supporters. Visitors to board meetings are welcome If you are interested in joining a meeting, please contact us.

SMP collaborates with other organizations in the county to preserve and protect open space on the mountain and make it accessible to everyone. We work with Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District, Sonoma County Regional Parks, Jack London State Historic Park, and other nonprofits including the Sonoma Land Trust, LandPaths, the Sonoma Ecology Center, and the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council.

SMP Board

Kim Batchelder – Santa Rosa
Meg Beeler – Sonoma
Bob Bowler – Penngrove
Arthur Dawson – Glen Ellen
Suzanne DeCoursey – Penngrove
Miranda M Hansen
Nancy Kirwan – Sonoma
Larry Modell – Petaluma
AnaĂŻs Morris – Santa Rosa
Tracy Salcedo – Glen Ellen

Helen Bates – Santa Rosa
Mickey Cooke – Glen Ellen
Marilyn Goode – Sonoma
David Hansen – Santa Rosa
Lucy Kortum – Petaluma