News & Features

  • 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

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    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

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    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 …

  • Ag + Open Space Board Approves $5.8 Million for Community-Led Open Space Projects Countywide

    March 23, 2021

    Posted in: Press Releases

    Ag + Open Space Board Approves $5.8 Million for Community-Led Open Space Projects Countywide Funding will go towards new and enhanced parks, trail connections, and increased accessibility SANTA ROSA, CA (March 23, 2021) – Today, the Board of Directors of …

  • On-the-ground updates from our Stewardship team

    February 24, 2021

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    On-the-ground updates from our Stewardship team We thought it was well overdue to check in with our Stewardship staff, who work each day to care for our protected lands. From wildfire recovery to grazing, our Stewardship team has stayed busy …

  • Leveraging outside funds for local farms

    February 22, 2021

    Posted in: News Articles

    We access state and federal funding sources to stretch our sales tax dollars. Most recently, we’ve garnered funds from the following sources: Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) Through the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, we have brought in $11.5 million …

  • Thinking (+ conserving) outside the box

    February 22, 2021

    Posted in: News Articles

    Keeping agriculture thriving in Sonoma County has myriad benefits, including providing local food security, protecting groundwater basins, avoiding urban sprawl, retaining scenic beauty and the county’s rural character, and protecting biological diversity and wildlife habitat. Agriculture in our region is …

  • A year in review: Highlights from 2020

    January 27, 2021

    Posted in: News Articles

    A year in review: Highlights from 2020 As we reflect on the last year we find ourselves full of gratitude for our amazing Sonoma County community. Every day, we strive to thank you all through our work – protecting the …