Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District

Current Projects

  • “Protected Forever” — The Formation of the District

      Ted Eliot recalls the intense pressure in the 1980’s to develop land in Sonoma County. Dee Swanhuyser remembers farmers being forced to sell off their land in order to sustain themselves. Former County Supervisor Jim Harberson remembers thinking, “God …

  • Vital Lands Initiative

    EN ESPAÑOL Envisioning our Future Together The Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District is launching the Vital Lands Initiative – a comprehensive plan that will guide the District’s work for the next 15 years. Building on our 25+ …

  • Wright Hill (Poff) Ranch Preserve Management Plan

    In 2007, the District purchased a 1,236-acre ranch just south of the town of Jenner and the mouth of the Russian River to form the Poff Ranch Preserve.

  • River at Bordessa Ranch

    Estero Trail Easement at Bordessa Ranch

    Designation of Trail Corridors and Associated Staging Areas The Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District holds both a conservation easement and a public trail easement on the Bordessa Ranch property near Valley Ford. This coastal prairie property along …

  • Calabazas Creek at the Calabazas Preserve

    Calabazas Creek OSP Resource Management Plan

    In 2004, the District purchased a 1,285-acre ranch just north of Glen Ellen in order to establish the Calabazas Creek Open Space Preserve.

  • Van Hoosear Wildflower Preserve

    Healthy Lands & Healthy Economies

    The Healthy Lands and Healthy Economies initiative is documenting the multiple benefits of natural areas and working lands in Sonoma County.

  • Sloping hillside at Beltane Ranch

    Sonoma County Vegetation Mapping and LiDAR Program

    Mapping Sonoma County’s diverse habitats, crops, and terrain using state-of-the-art technology and data will ensure the District and its partners protect the most important lands for water, wildlife, and people.

  • Rolling hills at Bianchi Dairy

    OpenRoad with Doug McConnell

    The District has teamed up with OpenRoad with Doug McConnell, a TV show that explores the natural, historical and cultural treasures of the Bay Area and Northern California focusing principally on parks and open spaces protected by the public.

  • Young-Armos Incubator Farm Project

    In 1997, the District acquired the 45-acre Young-Armos property, located just north of the City of Rohnert Park. The District is currently exploring a potential “Incubator Farm” and wetland restoration on this site.

  • Crowd at Roseland Village Center

    Roseland Village Public Space

    The District is providing $500,000 in funding toward the development a public gathering space in the Roseland Village Neighborhood Center as a Matching Grant Project with the County’s Community Development Commission.

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