Wednesday, 21 February 2024

Fundraising effort to purchase Mt. Konocti ramps up

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The Konocti Project raffle will raise funds towards the preservation and purchase of lands on top of Mt. Konocti. Courtesy photo.





LAKE COUNTY – Travel around Clear Lake and one towering view commands center of attention – Mt. Konocti.


While visible to so many people, few have actually experienced the spectacular views from the top – wide panoramas of Clear Lake and the Mayacamas, distant glimpses of Lake Berryessa and the Sutter Buttes. On a clear day, one can even see Mt. Lassen.


Lake County now has the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire 1,520 acres, putting much of the mountain top into public hands for perpetuity.


The ultimate goal – to link the County and Bureau of Land Management-owned land with Clear Lake State Park, making it possible to develop access from Clear Lake to the top of Mt. Konocti. Public donations through September will benefit the acquisition and allow the future purchase of additional properties.


Efforts to raise funds to assist with the purchase of Mt. Konocti are gaining momentum.


To assist in the fundraising effort, the Konocti Project Inc., a nonprofit organization devoted to the “preservation, exploration and protection of Mt. Konocti,” is sponsoring a raffle drawing to be held at the upcoming Heron Festival at Clear Lake State Park in Kelseyville


Kevin Kealey, currently managing the Konocti Project, and a group of volunteers have assembled a wonderful collection of prizes from local businesses and organizations.


“A number of people and businesses really stepped forward to help in our fundraising efforts,” said Kealey. “The prizes donated truly showcase the unique qualities that make Lake County special, from local award-winning wines to mini-ecotours and a winemaker’s dinner.”


Prize drawings will be held during the annual Heron Festival on April 26, 3 p.m. at the Mt. Konocti Acquisition Booth. Raffle tickets will be available for sale both days of the festival, with a donation of $10 for a book of five tickets.


Prizes include:


– Top of Mt. Konocti vehicle-guided tour with brown-bag lunch for four, sponsored by Lake County Department of Public Services.


– Winemaker dinner for eight people at the Rolling Knolls Vineyard in Lower Lake, from Shannon Ridge Vineyards.


– Lake County Winery Association (LCWA) Wine Cellar Collection of fine wines from Six Sigma, Gregory Graham, Tulip Hill, Wildhurst, Brassfield, Rosa d'Oro, Jeff Smith of Dusinberre Cellars and Langtry Estates.


– Lake County wine picnic basket with an assorted collection of Lake County wines provided by the Lake County Winegrape Commission.


– Tasting sampler of fine Lake County wines for four persons at Lake County Wine Studio in Upper Lake.


– Free one-day rental of a pontoon boat that holds eight people from the General Store at Clear Lake State Park.


– Guided kayak trip for two persons into either Anderson Marsh or down to Cache Creek Dam, provided by Herb Gura.


– Top-of-Mt. St. Helena vehicle-guided tour with brown-bag deli lunch for two person, sponsored by Pete McGee.


– Guided bird-watching eco-hike in Clear Lake State Park or Rodman Slough with Brad Barnwell.


– Inflatable Advanced Elements two-person kayak system from AirKayaks.


The public is encouraged to support the fundraising effort. Raffle tickets are available at the following locations:


  • Wild About Books, 14290 Olympic Drive, Suite A, Clearlake.

  • PennySaver, 14913 Lakeshore Blvd., Clearlake.

  • Shannon Ridge Tasting Room, 12599 East Highway 20, Clearlake Oaks.

  • Wildhurst Tasting Room, 3855 Main St., Kelseyville.

  • Watershed Books, 305 N. Main St., Lakeport.

  • Six Sigma Winery, 13372 Spruce Grove Road, Lower Lake.

  • Lake County Visitor's Center, 6110 E. Highway 20, Lucerne.

  • Lake County Wine Studio, 9505 Main St., No. 1, Upper Lake.


Raffle tickets can also be purchased online at www.PreserveKonocti.org/KonoctiProject or mail a check to Konocti Project, Inc. P.O. Box 3369, Clearlake, CA 95422. Please include your name, mailing address and phone number and $10 for each raffle book of 5. The tickets will be mailed to you. Deadline for tickets to be sent out by mail is 4/20. Details on the prizes can also be seen on the website.


All proceeds benefit the Mt. Konocti Acquisition Fund. Ticket holders do not need to be present to win, but must be 21 years or older to participate. The raffle drawing is sponsored by The Konocti Project, Inc. a 501c-3 nonprofit dedicated to the preservation and protection of Mt. Konocti.


For more info on the organization or raffle, contact Kevin Kealey at 707-994-1967 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Details on the Heron Festival and weekend events can be found at www.heronfestival.org/.

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