News & Features

  • State issues grant to purchase Petaluma ranch

    August 24, 2015

    Posted in: News Articles

    State issues grant to purchase Petaluma ranch Sonoma County’s open space district has secured a $300,000 state grant for prospective acquisition of development rights to a 230-acre cattle ranch in the rolling hills on the southwest flank of Petaluma, officials …

  • District Wins Grant to Fight Climate Change Through Farmland Conservation

    August 20, 2015

    Posted in: Press Releases

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Agricultural Preservation & Open Space District Wins $300,000 Grant to Fight Climate Change Through Farmland Conservation Program aims to reduce emissions, urban sprawl through protection of agricultural land SANTA ROSA, CA (August 20, 2015) – The Sonoma …

  • District Board approves over $2.6 million for Colgan Creek restoration

    April 21, 2015

    Posted in: Press Releases

    The Board of Directors of the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District (District) today approved over $2.6 million in grant funding to the City of Santa Rosa (City) for restoration of a 1.3 mile section of Colgan Creek in southwest Santa Rosa.

  • Sonoma County envisions small start in effort to help new farmers

    March 13, 2015

    Posted in: News Articles

    Sonoma County envisions small start in effort to help new farmers. Sonoma County officials are scaling back their ambitious plan to expand agricultural production on thousands of acres of county-owned land and public open space after the initial effort largely …

  • Sonoma County opens new park on North Sonoma Mountain

    February 10, 2015

    Posted in: Press Releases

    North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park & Open Space Preserve opens to the public Saturday, Feb. 14. The 820-acre park southeast of Santa Rosa features a 4-mile Bay Area Ridge Trail connection to Jack London State Historic Park. The trail climbs to nearly 2,000 feet on the north face of the mountain, leading hikers across creeks and forests and offering stunning views of Sonoma County.

  • District and UCCE to plan “Incubator Farm” to support Sonoma County farmers

    January 14, 2015

    Posted in: Press Releases

    The Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation & Open Space District (District) is thrilled to partner with the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) to consider plans to host an “incubator farm” on the Young-Armos property, a District-owned property located at the north end of Rohnert Park.

  • District Board approves 2014 Urban Matching Grant Projects

    October 14, 2014

    Posted in: Press Releases

    The Board of Supervisors, acting as Directors of the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation & Open Space District (District), today accepted District Staff and Advisory Committee Matching Grant funding recommendations for seven habitat restoration and park development projects in and near urban centers in the County.

  • Board approves Community Education Program

    October 14, 2014

    Posted in: Press Releases

    The Board of Supervisors, acting as Directors of the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation & Open Space District (District), today approved three-year contracts with four experienced community groups who will offer educational opportunities and outings on District-protected properties to over 12,000 students and adults.

  • District transfers ownership of Hood Mountain’s Lawson addition to Regional Parks

    June 10, 2014

    Posted in: Press Releases

    The Board of Supervisors, acting concurrently as directors of the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation & Open Space District, authorized today the transfer of fee title of the Lawson property, a 247-acre parcel adjacent to Hood Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve, from the District to Regional Parks subject to a conservation easement and recreation covenant.

  • New High-Quality Terrain Data Will Enhance Conservation and Management

    May 21, 2014

    Posted in: Press Releases

    The Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation & Open Space District (District) – in collaboration with the Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency), Information Services Department, Transportation & Public Works, and several other local, state and federal partners – is pleased to announce the public release of high-resolution countywide terrain data to allow for integrated agricultural and natural resource conservation and management. These data will benefit the community now and for generations to come.