Archives for “News Articles”

  • HLHE 2020 blog post

    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 …

  • Protecting wildlife on greenbelt properties

    February 26, 2020

    Protecting wildlife on greenbelt properties We care about local wildlife, both big and small! Ag + Open Space owns and protects several small greenbelt properties that help maintain urban boundaries, protect wildlife corridors, and can be utilized for grazing and …

  • Join us in welcoming Cieara & Louisa to Ag + Open Space!

    February 26, 2020

    Join us in welcoming Cieara & Louisa to Ag + Open Space! Over the last several months we’ve welcomed two new staff to our team! Some of you may have already crossed paths with these great new additions, but we …

  • 2019 Accomplishments

    January 28, 2020

    Our conservation work in 2019: A year in review As 2020 gets underway, we wanted to reflect on 2019 – a year where our community once again experienced flood and wildfire. And once again, our staff supported the emergency response …

  • Get your 2020 Working Lands Calendar!

    December 18, 2019

    We worked with a consortium of partners to create a 2020 Working Lands Calendar celebrating Sonoma County’s working lands and the individuals and families that steward them. And just in time for the new year (and decade!), the calendars are …

  • Healdsburg Ridge transfers to City of Healdsburg

    September 27, 2019

    Healdsburg Ridge, protected + public forever In 2003, Ag + Open Space acquired two properties for $7.6M along a prominent ridgeline on the northeastern side of Healdsburg to create the 153-acre Healdsburg Ridge Open Space Preserve.  Since 2008, we’ve redesigned …

  • Vegetation mapping + fire resiliency

    September 24, 2019

    Vegetation mapping + fire resiliency Recently, Ag + Open Space’s Allison Schichtel and Karen Gaffney spoke with NASA for their “A Partnership Forged by Fire” story about our vegetation mapping efforts, and how the data are being used today to …

  • Sheep grazing + monitoring at Calabazas

    August 22, 2019

    Sheep grazing + monitoring at Calabazas Several hundred sheep have arrived at our Calabazas Creek Open Space Preserve! Sheep from Sweetgrass Grazing Company will spend the next several weeks grazing about 50 acres of grassland near the Nun’s homestead, an …

  • In honor of our friend, Ted Eliot

    August 16, 2019

    In honor of our friend, Ted Eliot We at Ag + Open Space were deeply saddened to hear of Ted Eliot’s passing earlier this month. Ted was an avid conservationist, whose tireless efforts over the last thirty years led to …