Protecting Fitch Mountain Forever

By Mike McGuire, Laura Tietz, and Ray Holley

The top 173 acres of our beloved mountain have been preserved permanently, and public trails will open late in 2017. Now that our dream of a park at the top of Fitch Mountain is within our reach, let’s make sure it stays within our grasp. Funding from the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District was used to purchase the land, and more funds from the District and the City of Healdsburg will be used to create a comprehensive management plan.

Funding from the Coastal Conservancy is also a likelihood, but what if it isn’t enough? As the founders of the Fitch Mountain Fund, we want to make sure that funding shortfalls don’t delay the opening of the park. We created a project fund that will cover unanticipated costs and allow the park to open on time and be accessible to all.

Once the park is open, the Fitch Mountain Fund will convert to a permanent endowment that will eventually generate enough funds to cover the annual costs of maintaining and managing this beautiful land forever.

We urge you to join us and be part of this magnificent legacy. Donors to the Fitch Mountain Fund will be per-manently recognized, and will know that their support plays an important role in preserving this land for future generations.

How often do you get to say that you helped save a mountain? For more information about joining the First 50 by donating to the Fitch Mountain Fund, call Ray Holley at 707.206.1867 or mail a check to 401 Center Street, Box 7, Healdsburg, CA 95448. The Fitch Mountain Fund is held at Community Foundation Sonoma County, a 501(c)(3) organization with more than 30 years’ experience stewarding charitable donations.