Sonoma County Regional Parks Carrington Ranch Master Plan
The stunning and dynamic 335-acre Carrington Coast Ranch offers views of the coastline and ocean. The property, which is part of the historic homelands of the Coast Miwok, was purchased by Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District (Ag + Open Space) in 2003 for $4.8 million and includes a homestead that dates back to the mid-1800’s. In 2021, Ag + Open Space transferred the property to Sonoma County Regional Parks. This land will eventually open to the public as a Regional Park and Open Space Preserve along the Sonoma Coast in the Coastal Zone, just north of Salmon Creek. The ranch is primarily open grassland, which affords spectacular views of the ocean, while also sequestering carbon to help mitigate the effects of climate change. The site is also home to several special-status species, including the Townsend big-eared bat, California red-legged frog, and American badger. In addition to its vast ecological value, the open grasslands of the preserve make it a great place for public recreation and exploration, and the park will eventually incorporate a critical portion of the California Coastal Trail.
WRA is preparing a master plan that will identify trail alignments, locations for day-use facilities, and evaluate the feasibility of developing overnight camping facilities. WRA is currently reviewing background studies of the project area, and beginning public outreach activities. Environmental issues that will be addressed in the master plan include, minimizing impacts to sensitive biological habitats and species as well as to tribal resources, maintaining views along Highway 1, and providing for safe ingress and egress to the property.
To read more, visit the project website.
John Baas, PhD
Senior Environmental Planner
Conceptual Site Plan Alternatives
Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration
Park Master Plan
Master Plan Website
Resource Management Plan