News & Features

  • 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, …

  • Wild and Scenic Gloeckner-Turner Ranch to be Protected Forever

    May 29, 2020

    Posted in: Press Releases

    Wild and Scenic Gloeckner-Turner Ranch to be Protected Forever 3,364-acre ranch boasts significant natural resources and scenic values, offers climate change resilience SANTA ROSA, CA (May 29, 2020) – Sonoma County Ag + Open Space is pleased to announce the …

  • Our work continues while we Shelter-in-Place

    April 24, 2020

    Posted in: News Articles

    Our work continues while we Shelter-in-Place One month into this Shelter in Place Order and our hearts continue to go out to everyone in our community during these uncertain and unprecedented times. Even under challenging circumstances, our staff continues to …

  • Healthy Lands, Healthy Economies 2020

    March 12, 2020

    Posted in: News Articles

    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

    Posted in: News Articles

    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 …