Regional Parks E-News
A ranger surveys a burn area on Hood Mountain 
Fire Update: Half of Hood Mountain Reopens
We're happy to announce Hood Mountain's Los Alamos Road entrance reopens Saturday, Jan. 20. October's wildfires mostly spared the north end of the 1,750-acre park, so we're able to restore access to beautiful settings like  Santa Rosa Creek, Homestead Meadow, Hood Mountain Trail, and the McCormick addition in adjacent Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. Unfortunately, it'll be some time before we reopen Hood's Pythian Road entrance, due to the severity of the burns on the southern section of the mountain. 

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Is a Russian River Bike Trail Possible?
Imagine a bike trail linking Forestville and Highway 1.  A state grant will let us do just that. We've been awarded funding to study the potential for a trail along 19 miles of the lower Russian River. An off-road trail would link the towns and hamlets on busy River Road and go a long way toward completing the community's vision for a countywide network of bike and pedestrian trails.

Parks Website Gets Mobile Update  
Viewing our website on your phone is a lot easier now, thanks to a redesign of The site update automatically resizes content for small screens, making it much easier to navigate menus, find upcoming events, and see our latest announcements. No more  pinching and zooming required.   

#SonomaStrong Runners Race for Parks
#SonomaStrong Challenge organizers at Shiloh Ranch
Trail runners Anya Star, Justin Borton, and Christine Byrne are leading an ambitious, high-energy effort to help fund wildfire recovery projects in  the parks. Their #SonomaStrong Parks Restoration Challenge hopes to raise at least $40,000 by sending as many local trail runners as they can muster to the Ragnar Tahoe in July. The Ragnar is an overnight team relay race, and while that might sound daunting, all abilities are welcome. 

No Need to Hibernate: Winter Activities Await
Learn about sea stars Jan. 27 at Doran Beach
Embrace the season by joining us on a variety of outings across Sonoma County: Hike under a blue supermoon at the Laguna de Santa Rosa, harvest seaweed at Stillwater Cove, study sea stars at Doran Beach, bird watch at Cloverdale River Park, or choose another winter adventure from our calendar