The Trust for Public Land and Land Trust of Napa County recently purchased a conservation easement for 7286 acres of land owned by the Livermore family (mostly in Napa County, but partly in Lake). Montesol Ranch is the largest private property in Napa County, the protection of which will tie together a 22,200-acre contiguous conservation area, including eight miles of shared boundary with Robert Louis Stevenson State Park. It has extremely high biodiversity and abundant water resources (see the attached regional map). The recently-purchased easement will restrict much of the property from residential and vineyard development, and protect very high-priority biodiversity and watershed values.
The two organizations have also obtained an option to purchase in fee title the 1,254 acres of the Montesol Ranch located west of Highway 29 (see attached Phase II map) . About 1,000 acres of the Phase II area is located in Lake County.
The Napa County Regional Park and Open Space District is proposed to be the owner of the Phase II area, with the goal of operating a new regional park that could potentially include hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, camping and more. That’s where you come in. The Open Space District would like your input—what are your ideas, hopes and concerns for this beautiful area. The lands are adjacent to Robert Louis Stevenson State Park, which the Open Space District expects to soon be operating under a pending agreement with California State Parks.
Currently NRPOSD is applying for a grant from the Habitat Conservation Fund to purchase the remaining acreage – about $200K – which will need to be completed by the end of 2018. As part of the outreach, they are requesting public input to help develop plans for future park usage.
A public presentation will be held in Middletown during the Middletown Area Merchants Association (MAMA) meeting on Tuesday, August 15th at 9am to give a project overview, take suggestions and answer questions. The meeting is open to the public. The Senior Center is located at 21256 Washington St. Please feel free to attend, and to pass this email on to others you think might be interested.
Feedback and letters of support from your organizations would be greatly appreciated. Please contact:
Napa Open Space District.