News & Features

  • Resilience lessons on our protected lands

    December 29, 2020

    Posted in: News Articles

    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 …

  • New Park & Open Space Preserve Coming to Sonoma Coast

    December 29, 2020

    Posted in: Press Releases

    New Park and Open Space Preserve Coming to Sonoma Coast Ag + Open Space Transfers 335 Acres of Protected Land to Regional Parks SANTA ROSA, CA (December 29, 2020) – Yesterday, the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District …

  • Pryor Ranch and the impacts of the Walbridge Fire

    November 30, 2020

    Posted in: News Articles

    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

    Posted in: News Articles

    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

    Posted in: News Articles

    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

    Posted in: News Articles

    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

    Posted in: News Articles

    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

    Posted in: News Articles

    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 …

  • Parks, preserves, and public spaces accessible now

    June 29, 2020

    Posted in: People & Places

    We’ve always known that our parks and open spaces provide significant mental and physical health benefits to our community, and the current COVID-19 crisis has only underscored the importance of these lands. That’s why we were thrilled to see the …

  • Protecting natural resources + preparing our lands for wildfire

    May 29, 2020

    Posted in: People & Places

    Though many aspects of our lives feel as if they are on hold, our work to prepare our protected lands for the potential wildfire season ahead has continued over the last few months. From monitoring vegetation to conducting prescribed burns, …