Land for
Climate Resilience

Ensuring Adaptability

Protecting lands that are diverse in elevation, habitats, plant communities, and microclimates ensures people and wildlife have ample room for migration and adaptation in the face of rising sea levels, warming temperatures, and significant environmental changes.

Supporting Biodiversity and Sustainability

Protecting biodiversity, or the immense variety of life on earth, helps ensure we have the food, water, fuel, and medicine we need to survive. Healthy natural systems on our protected lands help clean and recharge our water sources, filter our air, and provide ample space to grow the food we need.

Two medium-sized, healthy trees = a year of oxygen for one person

Reducing Our Carbon Footprint

Our work helps ensure that natural and working lands continue to sequester carbon, and keeping housing and commercial development within existing towns and cities results in lower greenhouse gas emissions. By creating parks, trails, and nature preserves close to urban areas, we provide recreation spaces easily reached by walking, bicycling, or a short drive.

Featured Stories

Defensible Space Resources for Landowners

For information regarding defensible space, how to harden your home to wildfires, and what plants and materials to use for fire-resistant landscape, please explore the resources below.  Climate change and Sonoma County’s fire threat for 2021 On July 15, 2021, ...

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Climate Action Through Conservation

Land conservation is an important tool in addressing climate change, as agricultural lands and natural systems sequester carbon and have substantially lower rates of GHG emissions than urban areas.

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Wildfire in Sonoma County

Ag + Open Space has an integral role to play in the recovery and long-term resiliency of our entire community, with a specific focus on the conservation and ongoing stewardship of our natural and working lands. In addition to providing ...

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