Parks and Open Space Preserves
Sonoma County Regional Parks Find out where to enjoy the outdoors in Sonoma County. Parks' site features information on camping, swimming, hiking, boating, and picnicking in Sonoma County's 35 regional parks and open space preserves and riverfronts.
Resource Conservation Districts
Gold Ridge Resource Conservation DistrictIn 1941, the Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District (Gold Ridge RCD) was established as one of the original Resource Conservation Districts, the first in Sonoma County and the 7th in California. The 134,000 acre district is located in West Sonoma County and is bordered by Marin County to the south, the Russian River to the north, the Pacific coastline to the west, and the Laguna de Santa Rosa to the east.
Sonoma Resource Conservation District
The goal of Sonoma RCD is to advise, inform, and educate our community. We provide free technical assistance and field advice to property owners who need it. The Sonoma Resource Conservation District includes approximately 665,620 acres or the northern two-thirds of Sonoma County. It's district boundary extends from the Pacific Ocean on the west to the Napa and Lake county lines on the east, and from Mendocino County on the north to the Russian River, Laguna de Santa Rosa, Cotati and the Sonoma Mountains to the south.
Bodega Land Trust
A local Land Trust preserving and restoring agricultural lands, forests, streams, wilderness, natural habitats and resources in perpetuity through acceptance or purchase of land or conservation easements.
Sonoma Land Trust
The Land Trust's mission is to provide permanent protection of Sonoma County land, its natural beauty and its biotic resources, through stewardship, education, and guidance.
California Native Plant Society - Milo Baker Chapter
Sonoma County chapter of the California Native Plant Society, a statewide non-profit organization of amateurs and professionals with a common interest in California's native plants.
Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation
The Foundation's mission is "to preserve and enhance the Laguna de Santa Rosa, and to advance public understanding and appreciation of this magnificent natural resource."
Madrone Audubon Society
The Madrone Audubon Society, a Sonoma County Chapter of the National Audubon Society, is a non-profit organization which promotes education, enjoyment, and protection of the natural world, especially birds.
The Center for Social and Environmental Stewardship
The Center for Social and Environmental Stewardship develops and operates a broad range of successful human service and ecological programs, meeting the evolving needs of the northern Sonoma County community and enhancing the fundamental quality of life in the region.
Integrated Hardwood Range Management Program
An extension of UCB, IHRMP's mission is to maintain, and where possible, increase acreage of California's hardwood range to provide wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities, wood and livestock products, high quality water supply, and aesthetic value.
A Sonoma County local non-profit organization fostering a love of the land through community involvement, environmental education and managed public access on lands protected by the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District.
Sonoma Ecology Center
Sonoma Ecology Center's mission is to work toward a condition of sustainable ecological health in Sonoma Valley. Programs include research, education, restoration, and preservation.
Farming and Ranching
Sonoma County Farm Bureau
Farm Bureau is an organization of farm and ranch families united for the purpose of formulating action to achieve educational improvement, economic opportunity, and social advancement.
Sonoma County Farm Trails
Sonoma County Farm Trails supports sustainable agricultural diversity in Sonoma County through the promotion, marketing and public relations campaigns. The site features an order form for the Farm Trails map and guide.
Sonoma County Grape Growers Association
The Sonoma County Grape Growers Association represents the farmers who grow grapes in Sonoma County.
County of Sonoma (homepage)
The official homepage of the County of Sonoma.
Sonoma County Agricultural Commissioner
In addition to other duties, the Ag Commisioner is mandated to promote and protect the agricultural industry, and the environment of the county, through enforcement of local, State and Federal laws and regulations.
Sonoma County Board of Supervisors
The Board's homepage provides meeting dates, agendas and minutes, and contact information. The Board of Supervisors serves as the District's Board of Directors.
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Parks and Open Space Districts
California State Parks
Homepage of the California State Parks. The site includes searches for parks, camping and recreation information, and history.
East Bay Regional Park District
The Park District develops and maintains a diverse system of interconnected parklands which balances public usage and education programs with protection and preservation of our natural and cultural resources throughout the San Francisco East Bay Area.
Marin County Open Space District
Our sister agency to the south, the Marin County Open Space District (MCOSD) is the local government agency responsible for preserving public open space in Marin County, California.
Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
Our sister agency on the San Francisco Peninsula, MROSD's mission is to acquire and preserve a regional greenbelt of open space, protect the natural environment; and provide opportunities for public enjoyment and education.
San Mateo County Parks
Through stewardship, the San Mateo County Park and Recreation Division preserves San Mateo County's natural and cultural treasures, and provides safe, accessible parks, recreation and learning opportunities to enhance the community's quality of life.
Santa Clara County Open Space Authority
Our sister agency in the South Bay, the Open Space Authority preserves, protects and manages a well-balanced system of urban and non-urban areas of scenic, recreational and agricultural importance in Santa Clara County.
Santa Clara County Parks
Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department provides, protects and preserves regional parklands for the enjoyment, education and inspiration of this and future generations.
Solano County Regional Parks
Solano County's Regional Park Department maintains a series of recreation facilities for public enjoyment.
Marin Agricultural Land Trust
Founded in 1980 by a coalition of ranchers and environmentalists to preserve farmland in Marin County, MALT acquires agricultural conservation easements on farmland in voluntary transactions with landowners.
Mendocino Land Trust
The Mendocino Land Trust has been working in the public interest since 1976 to conserve, in perpetuity, significant lands throughout Mendocino County.
Napa Valley Land Trust
The Napa Valley Land Trust is the only organization, either public or private, actively working to preserve open space and agricultural land in Napa County.
Peninsula Open Space Trust
POST is a non-profit land trust dedicated to preserving the beauty, character, and diversity of the San Francisco Peninsula.
Solano County Farmlands and Open Space Foundation
Solano Land Trust is a private, nonprofit, public benefit corporation dedicated to the preservation of agricultural lands, open space and wetlands within Solano County.
Bay Area Open Space Council
A collaboration of public and non-profit land management agencies and organizations, dedicated to providing regional leadership and expertise for the preservation and stewardship of important open spaces in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The Coastal Conservancy acts with others to preserve, protect and restore the resources of the California Coast.
A leading land conservation and urban planning nonprofit with offices throughout the San Franisco Bay Area.
Hiking and Riding Trails
Bay Area Ridge Trail Council
The Bay Area Ridge Trail Council plans, promotes, and constructs the Bay Area Ridge Trail, a 500-mile multiple-use trail connecting parks and preserved open spaces along the ridgelines surrounding California's San Francisco Bay.
Charged with completing the California Coastal Trail (CCT), a continuous trail along California's coastline, Coastwalk coordinates with government and community to protect the scenic and natural environment of the coast while providing public access.
San Francisco Bay Trail
Homepage for the SF Bay Trail, a 400-mile continuous biking and walking trail encircling the San Francisco and San Pablo Bays. The site features maps, photos, and a virtual tour.
Farming and Ranching
California Rangeland Trust
The Rangeland Trust works closely with rangeland owners to protect and enhance the environmental and economic benefits that working landscapes provide.
Community Alliance with Family Farmers
The Community Alliance with Family Farmers is building a movement of rural and urban people to foster family-scale agriculture that cares for the land, sustains local economies and promotes social justice.
Association of Bay Area Governments
The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) is one of more than 560 regional planning agencies across the nation working to help solve problems in areas such as land use, housing, environmental quality, and economic development.
Get detailed transit information for any of the public transportation service providers in the Bay Area. The site features maps and schedules.
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Parks and Open Space Districts
National Park Service
Homepage of the National Parks Service. The site includes a search engine, maps, and extensive information about our national parks.
Land Trust Alliance
The Alliance provides trainings, publications, lobbying services, and strategic planning to help leverage and connect the work of its member land trusts.
The Pacific Forest Trust
The Pacific Forest Trust is dedicated to enhancing, restoring and protecting private, productive forests, with a primary focus on California, Oregon and Washington.
Trust for Public Land
TPL helps conserve land for recreation and spiritual nourishment and to improve the health and quality of life of American communities.
American Land Conservancy
A national, private, non-profit organization that works with communities, landowners, land trusts, public agencies, and elected officials to create effective conservation solutions for threatened land and water resources.
National Audubon Society
Audubon's mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity.
Private Landowner Network
PLN is an Internet resource that has been designed to aggregate service providers and information to assist and facilitate voluntary private land conservation initiatives.
Save the Redwoods League
As a leader of the movement to preserve the coast redwood and giant sequoia, the League has assisted in permanently protecting hundreds of thousands of acres of redwood forestland.
The Nature Conservancy
A premier national not-for-profit organization, The Nature Conservancy's mission is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.
Farming and Ranching
American Farmland Trust
American Farmland Trust is a private, nonprofit organization founded in 1980 to protect our nation's farmland. AFT works to stop the loss of productive farmland and to promote farming practices that lead to a healthy environment.
Natural Resources Conservation Service
The Natural Resources Conservation Service provides leadership in a partnership effort to help people conserve, maintain, and improve our natural resources and environment.
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