Bay Area TV Segment on the Sutter Buttes is Online
"For many of us in the bay area the Central Valley is an area we often pass through on our way to and from other destinations. And for hundreds of miles, it’s absolutely flat. Except in one place where a mysterious range of mountains rises out of nowhere, and reaches for the sky.
The Sutter Buttes is a landmark for hundreds of miles, and at 2117 feet high, locals claim that it’s the smallest mountain range in the world. Volcanic forces shaped its towering spires long ago.
Mike Hubbart leads public hikes in the Sutter Buttes with the Middle Mountain Foundation, a group dedicated to protecting the Buttes’ natural resources, promoting its public access, and preserving its ranching heritage. Mike leads us into the heart of the Sutter Buttes, and to a new state park.
Mike tells us that “there are about 10 or 12 families that have historically ranched the Sutter Buttes. They have graze land, they run cattle or they run sheep… and it’s been in their families for 4, 5, and even 6 generations. It’s not just farmland to them; it’s not just an investment. They have shaped the land and the land seems to have shaped them.” ..."
The video focusses on the endangered ringtail, a cat-like critter with a tail like a raccoon's.
For hikes in the Sutter Buttes, go to http://middlemountain.org