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 development of multiuse trails for low impact access to the mountain
  • Stimulate interest among county residents in supporting all these goals.

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.

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.

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, Sonoma Land Trust

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.

 Virtual board meetings will be held on 9/29, and 11/03 (Wednesdays) from 3:30-5:30 via Zoom. We combine guest speakers who deepen our knowledge of the mountain with regular SMP business. All are welcome! For more information, please speak directly to one of the board members, or leave a message on our contact page. Meeting dates for 2022 are as follows: 1/26, 3/30, 5/25, 7/27, 9/28, 11/09.

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
Avery Hellman – Petaluma
Nancy Kirwan – Sonoma
Larry Modell – Petaluma
Tracy Salcedo – Glen Ellen
Teri Shore – Sonoma

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