The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors serves as the Board of Directors for the Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District. They are responsible for all decisions related to the Expenditure Plan, long-term stewardship of District-owned land and easements, and oversight of District operations. The District’s General Manager reports directly to the Board.

Director Susan Gorin | First District

Supervisor Susan Gorin standing on a trail beside a golden field.

East Slope Sonoma Mountain Ridge Trail

“The East Slope of Sonoma Mountain is one of my favorite spots in Sonoma Valley. This trail invites us all to get outside and be active while taking in the most stunning views of the Valley, the Bay and beyond. This project is a great example of the District’s work to acquire land and work with multiple stakeholders to protect open space while also creating ways for the public to enjoy the natural areas that define our region.”

Director David Rabbitt | Second District

Supervisor David Rabbitt standing on a path lined by trees.

Tolay Lake Regional Park

“A landscape rich in resources, Tolay Park offers a place where hikers, bikers, birders and equestrians can enjoy pristine farm and grasslands, rolling hills, a freshwater lake, and wetlands. This historic gem highlights the cultural and farming heritage of Petaluma, which is celebrated at the annual Fall Fest that families and elementary school children enjoy. The District’s acquisition of properties such as this one is essential in protecting the agricultural and natural lands that make Sonoma County home.”

Director Chris Coursey | Third District

Supervisor Chris Coursey walking in a field on a hill with the City of Santa Rosa in the background

Taylor Mountain Regional Park & Open Space Preserve

“Taylor Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve is special because it is the most prominent geological feature of the Third District, and it offers residents respite and recreation while providing open space and habitat in the middle of the county’s largest urban area.”

Director James Gore | Fourth District

Supervisor James Gore standing by a bench with vineyard and green hills in the background.

Healdsburg Ridge Open Space Preserve

“Healdsburg Ridge, and this gorgeous overlook, showcases the absolute best of Northern Sonoma County – the surging Russian River, the rolling Mayacamas Mountain Range, and the rich, fertile valleys and vineyards. As a Sonoma County native, I am so proud of the work done by our Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District to protect, preserve, and provide public access to this site – it is a place that should be shared by all.”

Director Lynda Hopkins | Fifth District

Supervisor Lynda Hopkins standing in a golden field with the ocean and a row of low, green trees in the background.

Carrington Coast Ranch

“With its stunning views of Salmon Creek and the Pacific Ocean, Carrington Coast Ranch is truly one of the jewels of the Sonoma Coast. Not only is it beautiful and historic, it is home to many sensitive species such as the American badger, California red-legged frog, and Townsend’s big-eared bat. The District’s acquisition of this extraordinary property helps to preserve the scenic beauty of our coast, protects valuable natural resources and habitats, and will eventually offer residents a place to exercise and explore when it becomes a Regional Park in the coming years.”