Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District

Vital Lands Initiative

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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+ years of successful land conservation work, the initiative will outline strategies for protecting our most precious open space lands to preserve agriculture, natural resources, recreation, scenic vistas, greenbelt areas, and urban open space.

The Vital Lands Initiative will:

  • Use the best available science, data and technical information
  • Include significant community input and involvement over the next several months
  • Outline clear strategies for conserving land
  • Create an opportunity to build on the last 25+ years of land conservation
  • Enhance partnerships with community groups and organizations

We want to hear from you!
Community input is critical to the development of this plan. We look forward to engaging with you in any of the following ways:

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

Provide us your feedback using the online survey 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 intend to incorporate this feedback into a draft plan to be shared with the public for review via a second round of public meetings in late summer/early fall.

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 >>

As a result of this community input, we intend to bring a draft plan back to the community for review later this year. Check back for updates or sign up for our e-newsletter to learn about more opportunities to provide input.

Can’t make it to a meeting or workshop? No problem! Send us an email  or take the online survey to give us your feedback.