The 1,380 acre preserve located at the end of Atlas Peak Road is the second largest preserve in the Land Trust.
The four miles of undeveloped ridgeline includes Atlas Peak (Elev. 2,663 ft.), which can be seen from many points in Napa County. Varying topography and elevation, a combination of riparian and wetland areas, and mixed soil types and geology, contribute to the property’s high biodiversity ranking.
The Land Trust received Sutro Ranch as a gift from the estate of Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Sutro. John and Betty Sutro purchased Sutro Ranch in 1950 and enjoyed it as a weekend and summer retreat until her passing in 2012. This is the largest land gift the Trust has received in our 41-year history.
“We’re very thankful to Betty Sutro for her farsighted commitment to the property and its long-term protection,” said Doug Parker, CEO of the Land Trust. “She was a long time friend and supporter of The Land Trust and we look forward to a long relationship with her entire family.”
The property contains several distinct forest, shrub, grassland and riparian plant communities. In addition, the property’s size, proximity to adjacent conservation lands, and position on the Atlas Peak ridgeline make it an important connectivity component in a habitat linkage extending from the Foss Valley to Howell Mountain.