Kicking off 'The Year of Sonoma Mountain'
An island of open space surrounded by cities, towns and vineyards: this is Sonoma Mountain. Half the residents of Sonoma County live within a dozen miles of the mountain's summit. Its long, prominent ridge is visible from Glen Ellen, Petaluma, Sonoma, Sebastopol, Santa Rosa and beyond. Home to a wealth of natural beauty and biodiversity, it also represents a deep cultural legacy.
To celebrate this unique feature of our landscape, Sonoma Mountain Preservation is offering “The Year of Sonoma Mountain,” with special events - beginning in Spring 2018 - to highlight the mountain's natural and cultural riches. Through hikes, exhibits, presentations and the publication of a book, “The Year” will foster greater public awareness, appreciation and stewardship of the mountain. Where the World Begins: Sonoma Mountain in Story and Image will be released in October 2018 to coincide with 25th anniversary of Sonoma Mountain Preservation (SMP). This is the first comprehensive book on Sonoma Mountain, and is being curated by cultural ecologist and historian Arthur Dawson. Through compelling photographs and text, Where the World Begins will explore and celebrate the natural, recreational, historical, and cultural value of Sonoma Mountain.
Gathering together diverse voices and perspectives from the past and present, the book presents the mountain through a variety of lenses, including First Peoples, pioneer history, geology, water, habitats/ecosystems, conservation/preservation, visionaries, writers and artists associated with the mountain; and the future. The book and related events will “bring the mountain to the people,” enhancing citizens' sense of place and connection.
The Year of Sonoma Mountain marks SMP's 25th anniversary. Founded in 1993 and incorporated as a non-profit corporation in 1999, SMP is based in Glen Ellen. Volunteers with SMP advocate for open space and scenic preservation of the mountain. Current Board members include Meg Beeler, Chair; Arthur Dawson, Vice-Chair; Nancy Evers Kirwan, Secretary; and Jack Nisson, Treasurer.
For more information on Sonoma Mountain Preservation, go to sonomamountain.org.