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  • Resilience lessons on our protected lands

    December 29, 2020

    Resilience lessons on our protected lands After the 2017 Sonoma Complex Fires, Ag + Open Space led a study to evaluate how those wildfires impacted vegetation within burn zones. Since then, we’ve been honored to share the findings with local government …

  • Pryor Ranch and the impacts of the Walbridge Fire

    November 30, 2020

    Pryor Ranch and the impacts of the Walbridge Fire As wildfire season winds down and we transition to winter, we are reflecting on what we can learn from this year’s fires as we continue our preparedness and resiliency work. As …

  • A Farewell Message from General Manager Bill Keene

    November 30, 2020

    A Farewell Message from General Manager Bill Keene Greetings Ag + Open Space Community, On this my last day as General Manager, I want to take a few moments to reflect on my time at Ag + Open Space. When …

  • Saddle Mountain and the effects of the Glass Fire

    October 27, 2020

    Saddle Mountain and the effects of the Glass Fire During the Glass Fire, which is now thankfully 100% contained, Saddle Mountain Open Space Preserve burned almost entirely. The Preserve is closed at present to volunteer patrollers as we assess and mitigate …

  • COVID-19 Agricultural Economic Impact Report

    September 29, 2020

    Economic Impacts from COVID-19 on Agricultural Community In response to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Sonoma County agricultural community, Sonoma County Ag + Open Space commissioned an economic study to examine the effects of the pandemic on …

  • Transformative youth program continues to thrive during pandemic

    July 30, 2020

    Transformative youth program continues to thrive during pandemic Through our Public Outings and Youth Education program, we help support Sonoma Ecology Center’s EnviroLeaders program that provides Sonoma Valley teens with the opportunity to gain essential job and life skills through …

  • Continuing to steward the lands we own

    June 29, 2020

    While some aspects of our work have been limited due to the COVID-19 emergency, we have continued to complete several stewardship projects on our fee lands, the properties that we own and manage. From general maintenance to prepping these lands …

  • Our work continues while we Shelter-in-Place

    April 24, 2020

    Our work continues while we Shelter-in-Place One month into this Shelter in Place Order and our hearts continue to go out to everyone in our community during these uncertain and unprecedented times. Even under challenging circumstances, our staff continues to …

  • Healthy Lands, Healthy Economies 2020

    March 12, 2020

    Healthy lands support healthy economies The Healthy Lands & Healthy Economies initiative, led by Ag + Open Space, provides information about the multiple benefits of land conservation – including the substantial economic benefits that the Sonoma County community derives from …

  • Modini Ranch: Preservation and discovery

    March 5, 2020

    Modini Ranch: Preservation and discovery Modini Ranch is a 1,725-acre property in north east Sonoma County. The original landowners, Jim and Shirley Modini, preserved their property in 2000, primarily for protection of wildlife habitat. Upon their passing, and in an …