Vital Lands Initiative


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 protecting our vital open space lands to preserve agriculture, natural resources, recreation, scenic vistas, greenbelt areas, and urban open space.

We appreciate your patience as we’ve paused the Vital Lands Initiative planning process to respond to the fires of last October. With the recovery and rebuilding process underway, we are turning our focus back to the comprehensive plan that will guide our work for the next 15 years. Please mark your calendars for a round of community meetings in March to review the draft plan:

  • Sat, Mar 17 – Community Church of Sebastopol | 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • Mon, Mar 19 – Sonoma Veterans Memorial Building| 6:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Tues, Mar 20 – Bodega Bay Grange | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Wed, Mar 21 – Petaluma Veterans Memorial Building | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Mon, Mar 26 – Sea Ranch Hall | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Wed, Mar 28 – Healdsburg Villa Chanticleer | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Thurs, Mar 29 – Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building | 6:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Sat, Mar 31 – Cloverdale Veterans Memorial Building | 10:00am – 12:00pm

We will make the draft plan available for review prior to the meetings.

Individuals who are not able to make it to the public meetings can provide feedback online. Your input will be included with the comments received at the public meetings.

Provide us your feedback using the online form here >>

The District completed a series of five initial public meetings in March asking the community to share their thoughts and ideas for the future of land conservation in Sonoma County, and the work of the District in particular. District staff provided an overview presentation before asking the community to provide their input via small group discussions and listening stations. District staff have incorporated this feedback into a draft plan to be shared with the public later this year.

View and download the agenda, presentation, transcribed notes, and maps from the first series of public meetings here >>

To gather additional input to help guide our comprehensive planning efforts, the District hosted a series of workshops inviting experts and stakeholders to provide detailed feedback on threats and potential strategies focused specifically on the following themes: natural resources; agriculture; greenbelts, community separators and scenic lands; and recreation and urban open space.

View and download the agenda, presentation, and maps from the thematic workshops here >>

The Vital Lands Initiative:

  • Uses the best available science, data and technical information
  • Includes significant community input and involvement over the last several months
  • Outlines clear strategies for conserving land
  • Creates an opportunity to build on the last 25+ years of land conservation
  • Enhances partnerships with community groups and organizations