Vital Lands Initiative


Envisioning our Future Together

The Vital Lands Initiative is a comprehensive plan that will guide our work for the next 10 years. Building on our nearly 30 years of successful land conservation work, the initiative will outline strategies for protecting our vital open space lands to preserve agriculture, natural resources, recreation, scenic vistas, greenbelt areas, and urban open space.

The updated draft of the Vital Lands Initiative is available for review. This draft was shared with our Board of Directors on December 17, 2019, and a revised draft based upon public comments and the feedback of the Board will be shared in March 2020. Please check back for updates.

View the Draft Vital Lands Initiative here (PDF) >>

We completed a series of five initial public meetings in March 2017 asking the community to share their thoughts and ideas for the future of land conservation in Sonoma County, and the work of Ag + Open Space in particular. Our staff provided an overview presentation before asking the community to provide their input via small group discussions and listening stations. We incorporated this feedback into a draft plan shared with the public through a series of community meetings in March 2018. The updated draft reflects the input we received during the March 2018 meetings.

To gather additional input to help guide our comprehensive planning efforts, Ag + Open Space hosted a series of workshops inviting experts and stakeholders to provide detailed feedback on threats and potential strategies focused specifically on the following themes: natural resources; agriculture; greenbelts, community separators and scenic lands; and recreation and urban open space.

The Vital Lands Initiative:

  • Uses the best available science, data and technical information
  • Includes significant community input and involvement over the last several months
  • Outlines clear strategies for conserving land
  • Creates an opportunity to build on the last 25+ years of land conservation
  • Enhances partnerships with community groups and organizations