News & Features

  • Protecting wildlife on greenbelt properties

    February 26, 2020

    Posted in: News Articles

    Protecting wildlife on greenbelt properties We care about local wildlife, both big and small! Ag + Open Space owns and protects several small greenbelt properties that help maintain urban boundaries, protect wildlife corridors, and can be utilized for grazing and …

  • Join us in welcoming Cieara & Louisa to Ag + Open Space!

    February 26, 2020

    Posted in: News Articles

    Join us in welcoming Cieara & Louisa to Ag + Open Space! Over the last several months we’ve welcomed two new staff to our team! Some of you may have already crossed paths with these great new additions, but we …

  • 2019 Accomplishments

    January 28, 2020

    Posted in: News Articles

    Our conservation work in 2019: A year in review As 2020 gets underway, we wanted to reflect on 2019 – a year where our community once again experienced flood and wildfire. And once again, our staff supported the emergency response …

  • Get your 2020 Working Lands Calendar!

    December 18, 2019

    Posted in: News Articles

    We worked with a consortium of partners to create a 2020 Working Lands Calendar celebrating Sonoma County’s working lands and the individuals and families that steward them. And just in time for the new year (and decade!), the calendars are …

  • Ag + Open Space Board of Directors to Consider “Vital Lands Initiative”

    December 17, 2019

    Posted in: Press Releases

    Ag + Open Space Board of Directors to Consider “Vital Lands Initiative” on December 17 Long-range strategic plan will chart next 10 years of Ag + Open Space work SANTA ROSA, CA (December 11, 2019) – On Tuesday, December 17, …

  • Ag + Open Space Protects Scenic West Petaluma Ranch

    December 11, 2019

    Posted in: Press Releases

    Ag + Open Space Protects Scenic West Petaluma Ranch Long-time ranchers, Walter & Arleen Jacobsen, conserve 127-acre ranch SANTA ROSA, CA (December 10, 2019) – Today the Board of Directors for the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District …

  • Healdsburg Ridge transfers to City of Healdsburg

    September 27, 2019

    Posted in: News Articles

    Healdsburg Ridge, protected + public forever In 2003, Ag + Open Space acquired two properties for $7.6M along a prominent ridgeline on the northeastern side of Healdsburg to create the 153-acre Healdsburg Ridge Open Space Preserve.  Since 2008, we’ve redesigned …

  • Welcome to our new Advisory Committee youth members!

    September 26, 2019

    Posted in: People & Places

    Welcome to our new Advisory Committee youth members! Ag + Open Space is happy to welcome our two new Advisory Committee Youth Members. Austin Maners and Alex Wood joined in September and we’re looking forward to the impact their perspectives …

  • Vegetation mapping + fire resiliency

    September 24, 2019

    Posted in: News Articles

    Vegetation mapping + fire resiliency Recently, Ag + Open Space’s Allison Schichtel and Karen Gaffney spoke with NASA for their “A Partnership Forged by Fire” story about our vegetation mapping efforts, and how the data are being used today to …

  • Sheep grazing + monitoring at Calabazas

    August 22, 2019

    Posted in: News Articles

    Sheep grazing + monitoring at Calabazas Several hundred sheep have arrived at our Calabazas Creek Open Space Preserve! Sheep from Sweetgrass Grazing Company will spend the next several weeks grazing about 50 acres of grassland near the Nun’s homestead, an …