SLT in the News

Fundraising Assistant Job Opening

Solano Land Trust Jul 01, 2014
The Fundraising Assistant is a new position established to ensure efficient operations for all fundraising initiatives. [full story...]

Solano Land Trust Earns National Recognition

Accreditation Awarded by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission Jul 31, 2013
(Fairfield, CA) – After an extensive evaluation, Solano Land Trust has been awarded accreditation by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. Only 20 of the 150 California land trusts are currently accredited and Solano Land Trust is now the fourth in the Bay Area to receive this designation. [full story...]

Solano Land Trust aims high to protect more agricultural land

Janet Mackey, Conservation Director Jun 11, 2013
Landowners love the land they work, and many dream of protecting it from development and preserving its natural qualities for generations to come. Conservation agreements (also known as conservation easements) provide a means for landowners to permanently conserve their property, while continuing to [full story...]

Science on the Land: Volunteers study seasons through plant observations

Aleta George, Vistas editor Apr 10, 2013
Standing in front of a California buckeye tree at Lynch Canyon, a group of Citizen Science volunteers tried to determine if the majority of brilliant green leaves on the tree had just started to break open or if the majority had already broken open. The question relates to phenology, the study of se [full story...]

Saved land to be link in trail

Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Chronicle Sep 06, 2012
Trust completes purchase of Solano County parcel [full story...]

Rockville Trails deal clears escrow

Barry Eberling, the Daily Republic Sep 06, 2012
FAIRFIELD — Rockville Trails and its visual pleasures — the mesa with a meadow, the hill overlooking Suisun Valley — all belong to the Solano Land Trust. [full story...]

Public Notice that Solano Land Trust is applying for accreditation

Aug 30, 2012
The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Solano Land Trust is pleased to announce it is applying for accreditation. A public comment period is now open. [full story...]

Solano Land Trust makes final push for Rockville Trails Estates

By Barry Eberling, From page A1, Daily Republic Jul 27, 2012
FAIRFIELD — A year-long-plus quest by the Solano Land Trust to buy 1,500-acre Rockville Trails Estates for $13.5 million comes down to this: Raise the remaining $750,000 in 20 days. [full story...]

FUNDRAISING DEADLINE EXTENDED IN EFFORT TO SAVE 1,500 ACRES OF SENSITIVE HABITAT AND PUBLIC TRAILS

Solano Land Trust Apr 02, 2012
Fairfield, Calif. – Solano Land Trust today announced it has been granted an extension in its campaign to complete its purchase of Rockville Trails, 1500 acres of sensitive habitat that forms the southwest gateway to the Western Hills of the Blue Ridge Berryessa Natural Area. The Land Trust secured [full story...]

Land Trust wants more time for Rockville Trails purchase

Barry Eberling Feb 15, 2012
FAIRFIELD — The Solano Land Trust is seeking more money and more time in its nearly year-long effort to purchase the 1,500-acre Rockville Trails Estates property. Land Trust Executive Director Nicole Byrd expressed hope that both are on their way. As things stand now, the Land Trust needs to raise [full story...]

Vallejo MIT students plant trees at Lynch Canyon

By Lanz Christian Bañes, Vallejo Times-Herald Jan 25, 2012
It could have been a landfill if all went as planned 30 years ago. Instead, Lynch Canyon Open Space served as a vibrant outdoor classroom to dozens of Mare Island Technology Academy students Tuesday -- and it gave them a chance to get a little dirty. "I thought I was going to get dirtier," said Ra [full story...]

Winters church, trust reach land deal

By Robin Miller/ RMiller@TheReporter.com Jan 24, 2012
Prime agricultural land along Putah Creek east of Winters will remain in agricultural use thanks to a deal reached recently between the Catholic parish in Winters and the Solano Land Trust. Solano Land Trust and St. Anthony Parish closed escrow last week on three adjacent conservation easements that [full story...]

A Trinity of Agencies Join Parish to Protect 595 Acres of Farmland Near Putah Creek in Winters

Solano Land Trust Jan 23, 2012
Fairfield, CA - Solano Land Trust and St. Anthony Parish closed escrow last week on three adjacent conservation easements that will protect 595 acres of the St. Anthony Parish Farmland Preserve near Putah Creek in Winters. The California Farmland Conservancy Program and USDA's Farm and Ranch Lands P [full story...]

Deadline Looms for Solano’s Rockville Trails

Aleta George, Bay Nature Jan 10, 2012
With the clock ticking toward a February deadline, the nonprofit Solano Land Trust is working to purchase 1,500 acres of land known as Rockville Trails in Solano County. Located across the road from Fairfield's Rockville Park, this property has been slated for estate housing for at least 30 years. [full story...]

A special opportunity in Solano County for bird enthusiasts

Published by The Reporter Nov 07, 2011
Larry Broderick knows how to inspire, and he's offering two birding bonanzas at Lynch Canyon. All ages are welcome. Join him from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 13 and Dec. 4. to discover and learn about eagles, hawks and other birds of prey. Each fall and winter season he offers tours on Solano Land Trus [full story...]

Land Trust continues Rockville Trails Estates fundraising drive

Barry Eberling - Daily Republic Nov 02, 2011
FAIRFIELD — Donating $1 million to the effort to establish the proposed 1,500-acre park at Rockville Trails Estates in the hills above Suisun and Green valleys will also buy the right to name the park. Other naming opportunities are available as well. A $250,000 donation will buy naming rights for [full story...]

Solano Land Trust - Winterhawk Winery

Adam Smith Oct 16, 2011
The Terry Sheets band performs at the Winterhawk Winery on Sunday as part of the "A Toast to Ag and Open Space", a benefit fundraiser for the Solano Land Trust. (Adam Smith- Daily Republic) [full story...]

Seeing Solano: Solano Land Trust Through the Eyes of Artists

Posted by Carlos Villatoro - DixonPatch Oct 01, 2011
What brings together artists, a land trust, and a museum? The beauty of Solano County. Over a dozen professional artists are creating a body of work called Seeing Solano: Solano Land Trust through the eyes of artists. All the paintings and photographs in this growing collection are inspired by pro [full story...]

Unique Opportunity: A chance to preserve Solano open space

By Rep. George Miller, in the Vacaville Reporter Sep 13, 2011
The Bay Area features some of the most spectacular natural resources in the world. Through several generations, we have built a network of parks, trails and open spaces that have helped millions of families spend valuable time in the great outdoors. Continuing this effort is perhaps the most importa [full story...]

Alexis and Eric Koefoed: Soul Food Farm

Aleta George Jul 01, 2011
In the late 1990s, Alexis and Eric Koefoed stood at the top of the driveway with their three children, suitcases in hand. In front of them was the 55-acre piece of land that they had just purchased on Pleasants Valley Road in Vacaville. It had no house, no electricity, and no running water—just an o [full story...]

Environmental Group Seeks Big Solano Land Buy

Steve Milne, Capital Public Radio Jun 15, 2011
A conservation group wants to block housing developers from building on 1,500 acres of undeveloped land outside of Fairfield. The group is trying to raise money to buy the land. [full story...]

Scenic Green Valley CA tract to remain open space

Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Chronicle Staff Writer Jun 15, 2011
Conservationists have reached a deal to preserve a chunk of oak-studded Solano County countryside with sloping rocky mesas and sweeping panoramas so intoxicating that developers have sought for decades to plop homes on the silky golden fields and bluffs. [full story...]

Solano Land Trust closes initial Rockville Trails land deal

Barry Eberling, the Daily Republic, Fairfield, CA Jun 09, 2011
FAIRFIELD — More than 300 acres of 1,500-acre Rockville Trails Estates now belongs to the Solano Land Trust. The Land Trust has been waiting to close escrow on the deal for several weeks. The nonprofit announced Thursday that this has happened. [full story...]

Solano Land Trust purchases first 330 acres of Rockville Trails, needs $10.5 million to protect remaining acres

Jun 09, 2011
Fairfield, CA, June 9, 2011—Solano Land Trust and the local community are celebrating another victory this week upon the successful closing of the 330-acre, first phase purchase of Rockville Trails. [full story...]

Slippery slopes and rain make for a fun day at the Fourth Annual Lynch Canyon Trail Run and Community Hike in Northern CA

Aleta George Jun 05, 2011
American Canyon, CA—On June 4, 2011, the day of the Fourth Annual Lynch Canyon Trail Run and Community Hike, weather forecasters predicted that an unusual storm would break rainfall records not seen since 1884. [full story...]

Vernal Splendor - Spring Blooms at Jepson Prairie

Aleta George, in Bay Nature Magazine, April-June 2011 Apr 01, 2011
Bob Holland looks more like an early California miner than a retired UC Davis professor whose primary passion is plants. On an overcast February morning, Holland is talking to a group of docents-in-training at the Jepson Prairie Preserve in eastern Solano County, where a nearby meadowlark competes w [full story...]

Solano land war nears end with stroke of a pen

By Barry Eberling | DAILY REPUBLIC | March 22, 2011 17:12 Mar 23, 2011
FAIRFIELD - Solano Land Trust and the owner of Rockville Trails Estates have signed a purchase agreement that could see 1,500 acres preserved as open space at a cost of $13.6 million. [full story...]

Solano Land Trust joins in health effort

By Reporter Staff (Vacaville CA) Mar 20, 2011
Solano Land Trust helps parents, community leaders, and teachers get kids moving outside by providing special events and ongoing monthly events throughout the year. [full story...]

Kites and Ranches

Aleta George, from Around Town Vacaville March 2011 Mar 16, 2011
Solano Land Trust Creates Family Memories [full story...]

Wide Open Spaces

Aleta George and Solano Land Trust, appearing in Solano Fit magazine Mar 16, 2011
Solano Land Trust: Protecting Our Lands [full story...]

In Celebration of Land Trusts

Nicole Byrd, appearing in the Forum section of The Reporter Mar 16, 2011
Solano Land Trust received a boost recently when President Obama commended the work of land trusts in his remarks introducing "America's Great Outdoors Report." The collective voices of land trusts, including Solano's, was reflected in the report, which proposes to extend enhanced tax incentives for [full story...]

Lynch Canyon: Possible Suisun Walmart mitigation site?

By Barry Eberling, DAILY REPUBLIC, March 04, 2011 Mar 04, 2011
FAIRFIELD - Should the controversial, proposed Suisun City Walmart supercenter get built, the merchandising giant might try to meet environmental requirements by restoring land in Lynch Canyon Open Space. [full story...]

Solano Land Trust pleased about report

By Tony Burchyns/Times-Herald Feb 21, 2011
A Solano County open space group is praising a recent White House report that proposes more federal funding for locally driven conservation efforts. [full story...]

Solano Land Trust and the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council Team Up for a 25th Anniversary Workday at King-Swett Ranch

Deanna Mott, Associate Director, Solano Land Trust Feb 16, 2011
Solano Land Trust and the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council are seeking volunteers to help with the Blue Rock Springs Park connector trail on Saturday, February 26, 2011. The Ridge Trail comes up from Vallejo’s Blue Rock Springs Park through a portion of the Vallejo-Swett Ranch, and connects with a City [full story...]

Popular Solano park will reopen next week

By Sam McManis, The Sacramento Bee Feb 04, 2011
Lynch Canyon Open Space, a popular area closed for six months because of Solano County's budget deficit, will reopen for hikers and trail runners on weekends only, starting Feb. 12 and continuing through June 26. [full story...]

Plan emerges to settle Rockville Trails dispute

By Barry Eberling, DAILY REPUBLIC Feb 02, 2011
FAIRFIELD - A possible $13.6 million deal to end the long-running growth wars over the planned Rockville Trails Estate community in the hills above Suisun Valley could preserve almost all the land as open space. [full story...]

Slow Food promotes more than healthy eating

By Amy Maginnis-Honey, Daily Republic Jan 24, 2011
SUISUN CITY - Alexis Koefoed chuckled as she talked about the idea of a chicken farm, and a woman running that chicken farm, catching people's imagination. [full story...]

Lynch Canyon announces plan to reopen in February

Daily Republic staff Jan 24, 2011
FAIRFIELD — Solano County's outdoor enthusiasts can look ahead to weekends of meaningful activities next month as Lynch Canyon reopens for the season. Lynch Canyon has been closed for six months due to budget constraints. [full story...]

Presentation busts bat myths at Rush Ranch

By Sarah de Crescenzo, Daily Republic Jan 15, 2011
FAIRFIELD - A tiny, brown California myotis bat squirmed under the bright light, unamused at being awoken during the day. [full story...]

Group that buys, preserves open space in Solano County celebrates its 25th year

Vallejo Times-Herald, by Lanz Christian Bañes Jan 05, 2011
Protect Solano County land—forever. This has been the deceptively simple goal of the Solano Land Trust, now celebrating its 25th year in existence. Founded in 1986, the nonprofit that operates areas such as Lynch Canyon and Rush Ranch had its origins in a series of lawsuits against the city [full story...]

Solano Land Trust invites public to enjoy county's open space

Published by The Reporter (Vacaville) Jan 03, 2011
Solano Land Trust will commemorate its 25th anniversary throughout 2011. The agency works with local community leaders and land owners to protect working farms and natural areas in Solano County. "We are proud of what we have accomplished together. [full story...]

Rich Collins, California Vegetable Specialties

Deanna Mott Jan 01, 2011
Say on-deev! That’s how you pronounce endive, the slightly bitter, crunchy prized vegetable that is not only healthy, but beautiful and fascinating, as well. This Solano Grown crop manages to find its way around the world and is the flagship of Rich Collins’ California Vegetable Specialties of Rio V [full story...]

Twain's Feast: A Potluck and Author Book Signing

Ruth Begell, Convivium Leader, Slow Food Solano Dec 30, 2010
(Vacaville, CA) Slow Food Solano and Solano Land Trust are co-sponsoring a potluck on Sunday, January 30 from 12 noon - 3 PM at Rush Ranch in Suisun that will feature author Andrew Beahrs discussing and signing his highly acclaimed book Twain’s Feast. [full story...]

Jepson Prairie: A mysterious wonder emerges a few weeks a year

Barry Eberling - Fairfield Daily Republic Dec 28, 2010
DIXON — Willis Linn Jepson Prairie preserve is a Solano County stealth wonder during much of the year, only to burst into life briefly with stunning beauty. People visiting there in the summer might wonder why they made the trip. The prairie is dry, brushy and dusty and the weather is often either [full story...]

Thomas Ranch—Success!

Dec 15, 2010
After more than three years of work, Solano Land Trust, Travis AFB and the Hamilton Family (the property owners) celebrated the closing of the Thomas Ranch South conservation easement this September. This is Solano Land Trust's twenty-first easement and will add 147 acres of grazing and vernal pool [full story...]

Welcome to our new website!

Dec 15, 2010
Did you know that Solano Land Trust turns 25 this year? That’s right; we’ve been protecting working farms and natural areas since 1986! We’re celebrating so much this year that we decided a new and improved website was in order. [full story...]

Solano Land Trust gears up to celebrate 25 years!

Dec 03, 2010
Throughout 2011, Solano Land Trust will commemorate 25 years of working with the local community to protect working farms and natural areas in Solano County. This important work preserves our quality of life today and for future generations. [full story...]

A river of wine runs through it: Local winery supports Jepson Prairie

Dec 01, 2010
Solano Land Trust has formed a partnership with King Andrews Vineyard that allows Roger King to support Solano Land Trust while helping to improve one of his favorite places, Jepson Prairie. [full story...]