Current Projects

  • Vital Lands Initiative

    EN ESPAÑOL Envisioning our Future Together The Vital Lands Initiative is a comprehensive plan that will guide our work for the next 15 years. Building on our 27+ years of successful land conservation work, the initiative will outline strategies for …

  • Sonoma County Wildfires: Watershed Recovery + Resiliency

    In October 2017, the Sonoma Complex Fires tore through our county, burning over 112,000 acres of land and destroying 5,300 homes. As our Sonoma County community continues to cope with the tragedy of losing homes, businesses, and loved ones, we remain …

  • Cows standing in lush green field at Tolay Lake Regional Park with hills in background.

    Sonoma County Venture Conservation Partnership

    The Sonoma County Venture Conservation (SCVC) Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) is a collaboration of partners, funders, residents, farmers and ranchers working to conserve and restore land in Sonoma County to ensure resilience to climate change through healthy soils, high-quality …

  • Van Hoosear Wildflower Preserve

    Healthy Lands & Healthy Economies

    The Healthy Lands and Healthy Economies initiative is documenting the multiple benefits of natural areas and working lands in Sonoma County.

  • Rolling hills at Bianchi Dairy

    OpenRoad with Doug McConnell

    The District has teamed up with OpenRoad with Doug McConnell, a TV show that explores the natural, historical and cultural treasures of the Bay Area and Northern California focusing principally on parks and open spaces protected by the public.

  • “Protected Forever” — Creating Ag + Open Space

    Ted Eliot recalls the intense pressure in the 1980’s to develop land in Sonoma County. Dee Swanhuyser remembers farmers being forced to sell off their land in order to sustain themselves. Former County Supervisor Jim Harberson remembers thinking, “God isn’t …

  • grassy hills at Cooley Ranch

    District Mitigation Policy

    District Board of Directors Approve Mitigation Policy Since its formation, the District has received proposals for mitigation-related activities or projects on District-held conservation easements and District-owned properties. The District’s conservation easements do not always explicitly permit or prohibit mitigation-related uses, …

  • Young-Armos Incubator Farm Project

    In 1997, the District acquired the 45-acre Young-Armos property, located just north of the City of Rohnert Park. The District is currently exploring a potential “Incubator Farm” and wetland restoration on this site.

  • Sloping hillside at Beltane Ranch

    Sonoma County Vegetation Mapping and LiDAR Program

    Mapping Sonoma County’s diverse habitats, crops, and terrain using state-of-the-art technology and data will ensure the District and its partners protect the most important lands for water, wildlife, and people.

  • trees at the Jenner Headlands

    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.