For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic, the Solano Land Trust held its annual business partner breakfast at Rush Ranch in Suisun City on Wednesday.
This event gives Solano Land Trust sponsors the opportunity to learn about the different projects and improvements that are being made across the county.
Business partners enjoyed a delicious breakfast of eggs, bacon, potatoes, fruit, and pastries prepared by Rockville Kitchen + Bar, which is located in Fairfield.
“Thank you so much for joining us this morning,” said Solano Land Trust Donor Relations Officer Michelle Dickey. “Any time we get a chance to come out to Rush Ranch, especially on a beautiful day like today, we’re very grateful. We are delighted to have you and appreciate your support.”
Each member was also given a parking pass to Lynch Canyon, a water bottle, a bag, and a magnet alongside several raffles of champagne, wine, honey, and more.
Solano Land Trust Executive Director Nicole Braddock gave a special presentation highlighting the importance of the business partner program and what the trust does with those funds to improve our outdoor spaces.
According to Braddock, benefits include connecting children and families to nature, helping farming and ranching families conserve their land, as well as improving air quality, water quality, and wildlife habitats in local natural areas.
The business partner program has seven different levels based on donation amounts. Donations range from $500 to $25,000.
Solano Land Trust’s ultimate goal is to inspire a love of the land and preserve it for the people, food, and natural environment.
Projects that have been big focuses of the trust lately include the Lynch Canyon Expansion, inclusive recreation on the All People’s Trail in Fairfield, land stewardship and restoration, climate resilience, and agriculture, and putting together a new climate committee. The group is still actively recruiting participants to be a part of the climate committee.
Another goal of the Solano Land Trust is to get 100% of Solano youth outdoors. One way they aim to accomplish this is through the new smartphone app, “Xplore Solano”.
The app, which will officially launch in June will allow residents to find all of the parks and open land spaces in Solano County and which ones they are closest in proximity to. It will also give them information about the parks, such as if dogs are allowed.
“We want to make sure that conservation is benefitting people of all walks of life,” said Braddock. “We are going to continue to protect land but we are going to think about it not only from the conservation perspective but also from the community perspective.”
Braddock also highlighted future projects the trust is working on, as well as events that are coming up soon.
Lynch Canyon in Fairfield will have its annual kite festival on May 6. Jepson Prairie Preserve in Dixon will have docent-led hikes every weekend during the spring and also receive newly updated visitor areas with interpretive signs.
Rush Ranch, where the event was held, has several upcoming events including “Get the Rush!” on the third Saturday of each month, “Communing with Cattle” on March 18, a book signing with Vallejo author Rue Mapp on March 18, an Open House on April 29, a country concert on July 29, and a Harvest Festival on Nov. 18.
The goal is to have Patwino Worrtla Kodoi Dihi Open Space Park in Fairfield open this summer. It includes 12 miles of new trails, the All People’s Loop, an ADA picnic area, and a native garden.
Next, Dixon Resource Conservation District Manager Kelley Huff gave a short presentation about what the Dixon RCD is accomplishing for not only the City of Dixon but also the county as a whole.
According to Huff, Dixon RCD maintains over 70 miles of agricultural drainage ditches that also carry runoff from the City of Dixon.
After the breakfast and presentations concluded, business partners were invited to meet a foal and her mother on the ranch property before heading over to Patwino Worrtla Kodoi Dihi Open Space Park for a hike and tour of the new All People’s Trail and welcome plaza.
As the partners walked outside, they were greeted by birds chirping loudly as if to say “thank you” for helping to conserve their and many other animals’ homes throughout Solano County.
To learn more about Solano Land Trust, visit https://solanolandtrust.org.