Current Projects

  • Vital Lands Initiative

    EN ESPAÑOL Envisioning our Future Together The Vital Lands Initiative is a comprehensive plan that will guide our work for the next 15 years. Building on our 27+ years of successful land conservation work, the initiative will outline strategies for …

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    District Mitigation Policy

    District Board of Directors Approve Mitigation Policy Since its formation, the District has received proposals for mitigation-related activities or projects on District-held conservation easements and District-owned properties. The District’s conservation easements do not always explicitly permit or prohibit mitigation-related uses, …

  • “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 …

  • Sonoma County Wildfires: Watershed Recovery & Resiliency

    Sonoma County Ag + Open Space staff are heartbroken at the devastation our community experienced as a result of the Sonoma Complex Fires. However, we remain inspired by the Sonoma County community who continue to show immense bravery, compassion, and …

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    Sonoma County Venture Conservation Partnership

    The Sonoma County Venture Conservation (SCVC) Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) is a collaboration of partners, funders, residents, farmers and ranchers working to conserve and restore land in Sonoma County to ensure resilience to climate change through healthy soils, high-quality …

  • Wright Hill 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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