Acquisition expands Hood Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve

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Sonoma County Regional Parks has acquired 120 acres on the western flank of Hood Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve above the Sonoma Valley, a strategic expansion that will preserve scenic views and wildlife habitat, offer new recreation opportunities, and support future wildfire defense.

Known as Cougar Landing, the property is surrounded on three sides by the 2,000-acre park and is in clear view of the park’s recently opened Lawson Trail terminus. The recent owner agreed to a $1.02 million sale after the Glass Fire swept over the Mayacamas Mountains in 2020.

“We’re pleased to support projects with tangible health and safety benefits, such as improving watershed health, biological diversity, and climate resiliency,” said Chair of the Board of Supervisors James Gore. “Strategically placed and managed parks and open spaces have become critical to our communitys resiliency as we adapt to a changing climate.”

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