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Sonoma Valley’s Lawson Ranch now a park

A Sonoma Valley ridge that offers panoramic views, oak woodlands and a cabin that may accommodate hikers is the newest addition to the Sonoma County Regional Parks system.

Neighbors riled up over Montini Preserve water basin plan

A bucolic 9-acre pasture grazed by cows on Sonoma’s northwest edge has become an unlikely battleground of late, pitting local government officials who want use it to manage flood and drought concerns against neighbors who say the county promised to preserve it forever in its natural state.

Lawmakers join fight for Sonoma Developmental Center

A coalition of Sonoma County government agencies and environmental groups is ramping up its fight to protect the Sonoma Developmental Center from development and to maintain residential care for an unspecified number of severely disabled clients.

Sudden no-trespassing stance baffles Healdsburg residents

For 29 years, David Simon has been going for walks on a reservoir trail near his house that leads to open space and a scenic panorama of Healdsburg and its surroundings. But last weekend, the retired businessman said he was confronted by representatives for the property owner in a pick-up who told him to stay off the land. An arriving sheriff’s deputy also warned him he was trespassing and said he would be subject to arrest if he did it again.

Sonoma County speeds process of turning open space into park land

Sonoma County supervisors unanimously endorsed a new financial policy Tuesday that will allow broader use of county open space funds to speed the opening of new local parks.

Supervisors accept Sebastopol winemaker’s preservation offer

Sonoma County supervisors on Tuesday approved an offer by winemaker Paul Hobbs to permanently protect 117 wooded acres near Forestville from development, but they insisted the preservation-oriented gift will not sway them if Hobbs attempts to move ahead with a controversial adjacent vineyard project.

Parks director apologizes over West County Gateway project

County Regional Parks Director Caryl Hart apologized to west county residents Thursday night, saying her inexperience as a bureaucrat led to an uproar earlier this year over plans for increasing public access to open lands in the area.

Park officials to meet with Occidental residents over public land use

Sonoma County parks and open space officials hope to clear the air Thursday night with west county residents two months after an uproar over the future of large swaths of public land in the region.

Regional Parks Director Caryl Hart and Bill Keene, general manager of the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District, will meet with area residents at the Salmon Creek School, 1935 Bohemian Highway, at 7 p.m. to talk about the future of publicly held lands and the prospect that most of them will eventually become county or state parks.

Open space balancing act

If the public owns a piece of open land, should the public be able to hike, bike and use that land freely?

It is not an academic question: Sonoma County residents, whether they know it or not, own almost 6,400 acres of prime scenic land, about 10 square miles, and paid for more than 3,000 more that are lying only partly used in the hands of the state park system.

County set to OK $4 million for Preservation Ranch

Sonoma County supervisors Tuesday are set to approve a $4 million contribution toward the purchase of Preservation Ranch, the 19,652-acre property that sprawls across the county’s northwest corner.

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