Reserva Modini

Fotografía: Michelle Cooper
In the wilds of northern Sonoma County lies a mosaic of thousands of acres of protected and private lands.

Visiting Modini Preserve

A favorite spot for birding (download our bird checklist here), the Preserve is traversed by Pine Flat Road, a public county road. Visitors can enjoy the views and birdwatch from roadside pullouts anytime without appointment.

See the calendar for other visiting opportunities. Off-road, self-guided hiking is not allowed on the preserve.

Modini Preserve
9500 Pine Flat Rd.
Healdsburg, CA 95448

Preserve Manager
Michelle Cooper
[email protected]
707-431-8184 Ext. 107

Diverse lands and healthy waters in the Russian River Watershed

The 3125-acre Modini Preserve is core to 12,000 acres of contiguous habitat in the Mayacamas Mountains that are protected under conservation easements. The Preserve’s elevation ranges from 400–2800 feet, contributing to a mosaic of diverse vegetation communities and soil types.

The Preserve is a mix of oak woodlands, pine forests, grasslands, chaparral, riparian forests, natural springs, streams and serpentine outcrops that support several rare plants (download preserve plant list here).

La zona alberga ciervos, osos negros, gatos monteses, leones de montaña, coyotes, zorros grises, águilas reales que anidan, tortugas de estanque del noroeste y ranas de patas amarillas de los pies, así como muchas aves. Entre las plantas raras de la propiedad se encuentran la margarita de hoja estrecha de Greene, el lirio cerval de Santa Elena y la flor joya verde. Los picos, las crestas, los barrancos y los valles forman parte de tres cuencas hidrográficas sanas que desembocan en el río Ruso.

La reserva de Modini, un lugar favorito para la observación de aves, está atravesada por Pine Flat Road, una carretera pública del condado que serpentea a través de la reserva y que permite a los visitantes disfrutar de las vistas y de la observación de aves desde los aparcamientos públicos de la carretera.

La reserva ha sufrido frecuentes incendios forestales, el más reciente, el de Kincade de 2019.

History of the land

Modini Preserve is within the ancestral territories of the Miwok, Southern Pomo, and Wappo peoples.

The Preserve is a merger of two neighboring properties previously named McCord Ranch North (1,375-acres) and Modini Ranch (1,725-acres), protected in 1994 and 2000 respectively by the landowners with Forever Wild conservation easements held by Sonoma County Ag + Open Space. Ownership of both properties was transferred to Audubon Canyon Ranch in 2012 by National Audubon Society (McCord) and the estate of Jim and Shirley Modini.

Gestionar la tierra para la resiliencia

We steward the land and waters for climate resilience in order to maintain and improve biodiversity and protect and restore the ecological functions upon which all life depends. Our primary stewardship activities include reducing the risk of catastrophic canopy fires by removing ladder fuels in mature oak stands and promoting the establishment and growth of naturally regenerating seedlings and saplings. Implementing erosion control practices to limit runoff of sediment into the preserve’s waterways is a priority for us to protect water quality.

In our grasslands we are using prescribed fire to reduce invasive medusahead, and throughout the preserve, are working to control populations of invasive plants, including yellow starthistle, St. John’s wort, woolly mullein, and others. 

Voluntariado en la naturaleza
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