The Land Trust of Napa County has acquired 58 acres near Angwin that includes forested land and more than one-quarter mile of Bell Canyon Creek, the stream that supplies Bell Canyon Reservoir, the main source of water for the City of St. Helena.
“The city is delighted with the Land Trust’s acquisition of this important property. The Bell Canyon watershed is of critical importance to the city, and it is wonderful that this property is now in the hands of the Land Trust,” said St. Helena Mayor Alan Galbraith.
“This is an example of where the Land Trust had to move quickly,” said Doug Parker, CEO of the Land Trust. “We were able to structure a deal that allowed for payments over time, so we are still actively working to raise funds for the purchase. I think there are great opportunities to protect key municipal watershed lands like this and we hope to work with the County’s Open Space District to do that if Measure Z passes.”
The Land Trust was able to acquire the property through a “bargain sale.” The landowner sold the property at a price significantly below the appraised value and donated the remaining value.
“Having owned the property for many years without developing it, I am very pleased that the Land Trust acquired it,” said Jens Dimmick, property owner. “It’s a beautiful area and the Land Trust will be able to keep it permanently protected in its natural state.”
Parker said, “We want to thank Mr. Dimmick, who held off putting the property on the market so that we could put together our offer, and then agreed to sell the property below market value.”
Bell Creek begins north of the property on the Land Trust’s 3,000-acre Wildlake Preserve. The new acquisition abuts Wildlake and will be added to the Preserve. “We’re very pleased to protect this important property,” said Parker. “With this project, 70 percent of the creek’s length is now permanently protected by the Land Trust.”
The 58-acre property is 90 percent forested with substantial stands of mixed conifer forest, dominated by Douglas fir and large Ponderosa pines. It also includes seven different oak species and will be managed as part of the Wildlake Preserve.