Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District

Vital Lands Initiative


UPDATE: Due to the massive wildfires and associated response, the District is canceling the Vital Lands Initiative community meetings that were scheduled over the next two weeks. We will work to reschedule the meetings at a later date, and will alert the community of those dates via email, on our website and social media, and through advertisements in local newspapers.

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.

We’re pleased to release the draft core content – the goals, objectives, strategies, and performance measures – of the Vital Lands Initiative for public review. We invite you to review the content and provide your input online or in person at one of our meetings.

Download the Core Content here >>

We invite the public to provide input on the draft goals, objectives, strategies, and performance measures of the Vital Lands Initiative at the following public meetings. Each meeting will include a welcome from the District Board Member, an update on the Vital Lands Initiative, and an opportunity to review maps and provide feedback via a Gallery Walk.

Please RSVP to attend the meetings here >>

We will incorporate the feedback received during these public meetings into a draft plan to be released 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? No problem! Send us an email or provide your feedback using our online feedback form.

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