A transformation has begun to restore almost 1,000 acres of Sears Point wetlands that are adjacent to Graton casino in Rohnert Park, California.
The purpose of the $18 million project is to return the wetlands to their natural state and increase tourism. According to Julian Meisler of the Sonoma Land Trust, quoted by the Press Democrat, “This project will actually require that we rewrite the map of San Francisco Bay. That’s a major, major accomplishment.”
The land has been proposed for various developments over the years, and almost was proposed for the casino built at Rohnert Park.
However, the conservancy raised $20 million and purchased the land in 2005. It raised another $14 million towards the ultimate goal of $18 million to complete the restoration.