Archives for “News Articles”

  • Staff Spotlight: Stephanie Waite, GIS Analyst

    December 16, 2021

    Staff Spotlight: Say hello to Stephanie Waite This month we’d like to introduce you to our newest team member, Stephanie Waite, GIS Analyst. Read on to learn more about Stephanie, and join us in welcoming her to Ag + Open …

  • Staff Spotlight: Kelsey Setliff, Stewardship Technician

    November 22, 2021

    Staff Spotlight: Kelsey Setliff, Stewardship Technician At Ag + Open Space, we have an incredible team of talented and driven individuals working together to carry out the community’s vision of a beautiful, thriving, and resilient Sonoma County. We’re proud of …

  • SRJC students join for workday at Haroutunian South

    November 22, 2021

    SRJC students join for workday at Haroutunian South Earlier this month, Taylor Acosta, one of our Stewardship Technicians, welcomed a biology class from Santa Rosa Junior College to Haroutunian South for a workday caring for and learning from the land. …

  • Forest health and resiliency work at Saddle Mountain

    October 28, 2021

    This fall, Ag + Open Space will begin implementation of a 60-acre understory thinning project and two shaded fuel breaks at Saddle Mountain Open Space Preserve. The Preserve was impacted at varying levels of severity by the 2020 Glass Fire, …

  • Conservation work in progress

    October 28, 2021

    As you know, our mission is to permanently protect the diverse agricultural, natural resource, and scenic open space lands of Sonoma County for future generations. The act of “protecting” a piece of land is multi-faceted: it starts with careful planning, …

  • Grazing in Healdsburg for wildfire resiliency and biodiversity

    September 23, 2021

    Have you gone for a hike at Healdsburg Ridge Open Space Preserve recently? If so, you may havseen the sheep and goats working their way around the preserve to help create buffers between the preserve and the city of Healdsburg …

  • Sonoma Magazine: Out and About with Misti Arias

    September 17, 2021

    A park expert’s fall favorites Originally published in September 2021 print issue of Sonoma Magazine Last May, Misti Arias, a 25-year veteran of the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District, was named the agency’s new general manager. Her …

  • Adapting youth environmental education to the virtual world

    May 27, 2021

    Adapting youth environmental education to the virtual world Just a couple weeks after Sonoma County began to Shelter-in-Place, Ag + Open Space signed contracts with six outstanding local public outings and youth education providers – Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation, …

  • Saddle Mountain welcomes exciting wildflower bloom after wildfire

    April 22, 2021

    Saddle Mountain welcomes exciting wildflower bloom after wildfire Our Saddle Mountain Open Space Preserve is home to an incredible variety of plants and wildlife, including the critically endangered Clara Hunt’s milkvetch – an itty-bitty purple and white flower. Those found …

  • Stewarding our lands and expanding urban open space

    April 15, 2021

    Stewarding our lands and expanding urban open space At the heart of all we do are our protected lands, or properties we’ve protected with conservation easements. From public parks to private properties in every corner of the county, our easements …