- Associated Press - Monday, May 8, 2017

ANNAPOLIS, Calif. (AP) - Keeping the tall canopy of redwood and Douglas fir trees atop the Sonoma County mountains is going to cost local taxpayers a pretty penny.

The Press Democrat (https://bit.ly/2pXZgQF ) reports county supervisors approved last month paying $4.5 million to end development rights on the property.

The $6.1 million easement deal includes both private and public money secured by the Sonoma Land Trust.

The deal makes sure the 1,380 acre (558 hectare) Howlett Forest, named after the Howlett family who acquired the property in 1949, remains undeveloped. But the public will continue to have limited access to the massive trees since getting to Howlett Forest requires entrance to a privately owned unpaved route.

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