News & Features

  • Grazing in Healdsburg for wildfire resiliency and biodiversity

    September 23, 2021

    Posted in: News Articles

    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

    Posted in: News Articles

    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 …

  • New Regional Park and Preserve Coming to Sonoma Coast

    August 25, 2021

    Posted in: Press Releases

    Another Regional Park and Preserve Coming to Sonoma Coast Ag + Open Space Transfers 1,236-acre Wright Hill Ranch to Regional Parks SANTA ROSA, CA (August 23, 2021) – This month the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District (Ag …

  • OFFICE CLOSED Monday July 26

    July 26, 2021

    Posted in: People & Places

    The Ag + Open Space offices will be closed on Monday, July 26 due to a street closure that will block access to our parking lot and building. Our staff are working today and are available by phone or email. …

  • New Regional Park and Preserve Coming to Sonoma Valley

    July 19, 2021

    Posted in: Press Releases

    New Regional Park and Preserve Coming to Sonoma Valley Ag + Open Space Transfers 1,290-acre Calabazas Creek Open Space Preserve to Regional Parks SANTA ROSA, CA (July 19, 2021) – This month the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space …

  • Adapting youth environmental education to the virtual world

    May 27, 2021

    Posted in: News Articles

    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

    Posted in: News Articles

    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 …

  • 700-acre organic Two Rock dairy protected forever

    April 15, 2021

    Posted in: Press Releases

    700 More Acres of Local Farmland Protected Forever! Ag + Open Space and Mattos family conserve organic Petaluma dairy property SANTA ROSA, CA (April 15, 2021) – Yesterday the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District (Ag + Open …

  • Stewarding our lands and expanding urban open space

    April 15, 2021

    Posted in: News Articles

    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 …

  • Post-fire renewal on Saddle Mountain Open Space Preserve

    March 24, 2021

    Posted in: News Articles

    Post-fire renewal on Saddle Mountain Open Space Preserve An update from Monica Delmartini, Ag + Open Space Stewardship Specialist With spring officially just around the corner, we’re seeing some beautiful signs of post-fire renewal at our Saddle Mountain Open Space …