Sunday, November 17, 2019
You are a vital part of our mission. Your support makes a real difference in helping to save the natural areas and farm and ranchlands in Solano County forever and to inspire a love of the land. The rolling hills and wide-open agricultural land help create the Solano County way of life. The lands we have protected will be protected forever. Together, we can ensure more of these special places will be here for future generations. Every donation supports programs that focus on clean water and clean air, connecting people with nature, and protecting critical habitat.
Your gifts help us buy land and agricultural conservation easements, connect people to nature, and improve our lands through management, research, and restoration.
Working together, we can protect and preserve the natural and agricultural heritage unique to Solano County.
Solano Land Trust is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Your contribution is fully tax-deductible
to the extent provided by law. Our tax identification number is 94-3015363.
Thursday, November 14, 2019
Ken and Cherie Schroeder have made a big decision. They recently worked with Solano Land Trust to protect a piece of their family's historic farm. The 77-acre working farm can be seen from Interstate 80 and is a visible reminder of Solano County's rich agricultural past, present, and now, future.
Over the years, much of the family land has been divvied up and sold. Ken and Cherie have made a different choice — one that is available to them because of you and your support of Solano Land Trust. They are proud to have protected a piece of the family's historic farm forever. Read On...
Monday, November 11, 2019
"Leaving the Ranch this morning, just north of Suisun Hill, I saw a red-tailed hawk on the ground. I pulled over to retrieve my camera, and the hawk flew about 20 yards and landed again. By the time I got my camera, he was gone. Then I looked up to see this big beautiful bird, not a hawk but a beautiful bald eagle.
Gotta Love Rush Ranch!”
Friday, November 8, 2019
November 16 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
On the third Saturday of every month, volunteers offer family-friendly activities at Rush Ranch. Timing and activities vary from month to month. In November, you and your kids can experiment with science discovery labs, travel back in time by entering a traditional blacksmith shop, and take a guided walk alongside the tidal marsh. Weather permitting, you can also ride around the ranch on a horse-drawn wagon. Wheelchair users are encouraged to board the wagon and experience the ride; the wagons are specially-designed with a wheelchair lift. You can also explore exhibits and wander trails on your own. No pre-registration required.
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Did you know Solano Land Trust is helping young people make the connection between food and where it comes from?
This summer, youth from Vacaville Boys and Girls Club came to Rush Ranch to participate in a food-to-fork program organized by one of our agricultural partners, California Rangeland Trust.
A national survey by US Farmers and Ranchers Alliance found that 72% of consumers know very little about farming or ranching. That goes for young people, too. The most telling survey about this connection gap comes out of Britain where almost half the kids don’t know that butter comes from cows or eggs from chickens.
With funding support from Raley’s and AT&T, California Rangeland Trust’s Where Your Food Grows and Grazes program brings young people to a Raley’s supermarket and a working ranch. The Vacaville youth participated this summer with a tour of Raley’s and Rush Ranch, where they learned about land conservation, cattle body language, and marsh ecology.
“This was an incredibly powerful day that gave these youth a unique and special opportunity to form their own connections to land and to one another,” said Rangeland Trust’s executive director, Nita Vail. The organization coordinates the event and partners with sponsors to pay for transportation and lunch, and thanks to you, we are able to offer lands like Rush Ranch to serve as an outdoor classroom for important programs like this.
SLT’s conservation program manager, Tracy Ellison, says the young people were most engaged when given a physical task such as looking for barn owls and pellets in the barn; reading cow body language and searching for cow pies in the field; and playing with the marsh simulator.
San Francisco National Estuarine Research Reserve’s Sarah Ferner recruited her young daughter to help make the marsh simulators. The "glitter calming jars" were filled with colorful glitter, glitter glue, and hot water, and helped show students how sediments settle in a marsh.
“I was incredibly impressed with how respectful and curious the students were,” says Sarah. “They asked good questions and were always ready to answer questions, too.”
A visit to Rush Ranch offers a reminder of the connections between conservation, public access, agriculture, and ecology. It’s a great classroom for kids of all ages.
Photos courtesy of California Rangeland Trust and Sarah Nolan
Saturday, November 2, 2019
November 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Spend the kids’ day off with Solano Land Trust on a hike at Lynch Canyon! During this hike, participants will learn about leaf rubbing art. All ages are encouraged to join the hike.
Meet in the parking lot at 9:45; the hike starts at 10. Bring plenty of water and snacks.
REGISTRATION: Pre-registration recommended for HeadCount.
COST: The hike is free, but parking is $6.00 at Lynch Canyon
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Adding to the Bay Area Ridge Trail
Thanks to you, we have broken ground on trail building at Rockville Trails Preserve. The overall vision for the future of the property’s trail system includes a tw0-mile section of the Bay Area Ridge Trail, which will provide inspirational views of Suisun Valley, Mount Diablo, Green Valley, Rockville Hills Regional Park, and Rockville Trails Preserve.
This two-mile trail will contribute to the Bay Area Ridge Trail, a planned 550-mile trail that soars on ridges throughout the Bay Area. Thirty years ago, the first segment was dedicated and within six years 200 miles of the Ridge Trail clicked into being. Today there are 375 miles of trail dedicated, and the rest will come in sections to provide great local adventures and longer thru-hikes.
A future thru-trail
The Bay Area Ridge Trail at Rockville Trails Preserve will loop back to the parking lot at first. In the future, it will continue northwest to the Vallejo Lakes Watershed and up to Robert Louis Stevenson State Park, and Mount St. Helena, the northernmost tip of the trail. The portion at Rockville Trails Preserve will also eventually loop to Skyline Wilderness Park in Napa and back down to Lynch Canyon.
Janet McBride, executive director of the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council, says the biggest challenges in finishing the remainder of the planned trail are to get trail access across or adjacent to private property.
For example. Rockville Trails Park has 4.2 miles of Ridge Trail, and people are going to want to across Rockville Road to hike from Rockville Trails Park to Rockville Trails Preserve. Plans for that are in the works.
“We couldn’t piece together the trail without partnerships like the one we have with Solano Land Trust,” says Janet. “Everything happens because of partnership.” The Bay Area Ridge Trail Council nonprofit is an advocacy organization dedicated to getting the trail built. It’s the partners and public landowners that plan, build and steward the segments of the Bay Trail, she says.
With your support, Solano Land Trust has already contributed to the Bay Area Ridge Trail by dedicating trails at Lynch Canyon and King-Swett Ranches. Check out this map to see how you can hike from Martinez to Rockville Trails Preserve, and (soon) beyond.
Photos courtesy of Kuo Hou Chang, Jasmine Westbrook, and Jorge Fleige.