Current Projects

  • trees at the Jenner Headlands

    2020 LNU Lightning Complex Fires

    On August 17, 2020, the Walbridge, Stewarts, and Meyers fires ignited in northwest Sonoma County, burning roughly 58,000 acres of land. Ag + Open Space has an integral role to play in the recovery and long-term resiliency of our entire …

  • 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 10 years. Building on our nearly 30 years of successful land conservation work, the initiative will outline strategies …

  • misty hills at Jenner Headlands

    2019 Kincade Fire

    On October 23, 2019, the Kincade Fire ignited northeast of Geyserville, burning nearly 78,000 acres of land and destroying 174 homes. As with the fires of 2017, Ag + Open Space has an integral role to play in the recovery …

  • Saddle Mountain OSP Management Plan

    Preserving land for the future Before becoming the Saddle Mountain Open Space Preserve, this 960-acre property northeast of Santa Rosa had long been considered for subdivision and development. In response to strong public support for protecting the property as open …

  • 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.

  • 2017 Sonoma Complex Fires

    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 …

  • 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 …

  • 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.