News & Features

  • U-Pick Blueberry Days at Duckworth Family Farm

    July 24, 2019

    Posted in: News Articles

    U-Pick Blueberry Days at Duckworth Family Farm Duckworth Family Farms, otherwise known as our Nahmens conservation easement, is an 80-acre organic blueberry farm outside of Sebastopol. The easement was originally acquired in 1999, and Duckworth Family Farms bought the property …

  • Using GIS data for conservation + community resiliency

    July 24, 2019

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    Using GIS data for conservation + community resiliency Earlier this month, our GIS Coordinator, Allison Schichtel, and Acquisition Assistant, Curtis Kendall, attended the ESRI User Conference in San Diego. The theme of this year’s conference was See What Others Can’t …

  • Educating the next generation at Gilardi Ranch

    June 26, 2019

    Posted in: News Articles

    Educating the next generation at Gilardi Ranch Ag + Open Space partners with local organizations to provide innovative programs that get young people outside to explore nature, science, agriculture, and environmental stewardship in their communities. One such program is the …

  • Successful controlled burns in Sonoma Valley

    June 25, 2019

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    Successful controlled burns in Sonoma Valley On June 17, 2019 our Sonoma Valley Wildlands Collaborative partner Sonoma County Regional Parks completed a 34-acre prescribed burn at the Sonoma Valley Regional Park. The burn area included portions of the Sonoma Developmental …

  • Graton’s only public park to open June 2

    May 24, 2019

    Posted in: Press Releases

    Graton’s Only Park to Open to Public on June 2, 2019 Public-private partnership results in community park and 10 new homes SANTA ROSA, CA (May 23, 2019) – The Graton Green Group and Sonoma County Ag + Open Space are …

  • Porterfield Creek Trails Open Space Preserve Grand Opening

    May 9, 2019

    Posted in: Press Releases

    Porterfield Creek Trails Open Space Preserve Grand Opening Celebration to include guided hikes, remarks by City officials SANTA ROSA, CA (May 9, 2019) – The City of Cloverdale (City) and Sonoma County Ag + Open Space are pleased to announce …

  • Ag + Open Space Hires Julie Mefferd and Stephanie Tavares-Buhler to Fill Two Top Positions

    May 6, 2019

    Posted in: Press Releases

    Ag + Open Space Hires Julie Mefferd and Stephanie Tavares-Buhler to Fill Two Top Positions SANTA ROSA, CA (May 2, 2019) – The Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District (Ag + Open Space), a special district of the …

  • Million-dollar grant secured for fire resiliency work in Sonoma Valley

    April 24, 2019

    Posted in: News Articles

    Million-dollar CAL FIRE grant secured for fire resiliency work in Sonoma Valley In 2018, our agency joined with Audubon Canyon Ranch, California State Parks, Sonoma County Regional Parks, Sonoma Land Trust, and Sonoma Mountain Ranch Preservation Foundation to form the …

  • Conservation, restoration + flood control at Nathanson Creek

    March 20, 2019

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    Conservation, restoration + flood control at Nathanson Creek The Nathanson Creek Preserve is a 0.6-mile creek corridor in residential Sonoma located less than a mile south of the historic Sonoma Plaza and along the east side of Sonoma Valley High …

  • 2018 Ag + Open Space Accomplishments

    January 17, 2019

    Posted in: News Articles

    Our conservation work in 2018: A year in review! 2018 was quite a year for Sonoma County as our community continued to recover from the October 2017 fires. While we played an important role in the recovery efforts, we are …