Sonoma Land Trust is expanding its land acquisitions department with the recent hiring of John McCaull as acquisitions project manager.

McCaull, an attorney, is well known within the county, having recently served as the state governmental relations consultant for the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District and Sonoma County Water Agency. At the Land Trust, he will be working primarily on conservation projects in the Sonoma Valley.

“John McCaull brings statewide experience to our professional land conservation team and will help Sonoma Land Trust be even more effective protecting Sonoma County’s beautiful landscapes,” said Ralph Benson, executive director, Sonoma Land Trust. “In particular, we want to see the open space component of the Sonoma Developmental Center protected forever, and John can help in that effort.”

McCaull possesses more than 20 years of experience practicing environmental law. A graduate of the University of California, Davis School of Law in 1989, McCaull has served as the California Legislative Director for the National Audubon Society, focusing on wetlands policy, reform and implementation of endangered species laws, application of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and increasing funding for wildlife and habitat conservation. He has also been the California Regional Director of the American Farmland Trust, where he worked to stop the loss of productive farmland and promoted farming practices leading to a healthy environment. More recently, McCaull has maintained a private legal practice.

“Having lived in the Sonoma Valley since 2005, it is exciting for me to be working for the organization that was founded here and that has so greatly contributed to the protection of its natural beauty and resources,” said McCaull. “I am looking forward to applying my statewide experience and bringing that knowledge home to benefit Sonoma County.”