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Sonoma County OKs $1 million for coast wildland deal

Hikers are expected to gain access to a stunning Sonoma County coastal vista point through a $1 million public contribution to a wildland conservation deal approved by county supervisors on Tuesday.

Sonoma County grapples with providing public access to open space

By BRETT WILKISON THE PRESS DEMOCRAT On Tuesday, Oct. 15, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors is set to consider a financial policy that seeks to break the fiscal logjams that have delayed public access to thousands of acres of taxpayer-protected open space. For park agencies looking to open up those lands, the policy would […]

Dog flap nearly stops Sonoma acquisition of Montini Preserve

A heated dispute Monday over whether dogs should be allowed on property that forms Sonoma’s backdrop nearly derailed the City Council from formally authorizing acquisition of the site.

County hopes to strike balance with PG&E over tree cutting

Sonoma County supervisors said Tuesday they hope to strike a ‘balanced approach’ between power line safety and environmental protection under PG&E’s major transmission line through the county.

Sonoma County Board of Supervisors OKs Fitch Mountain purchase

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors unanimously authorized the use of $1.8 million in open space funds Tuesday to purchase 199 acres atop Fitch Mountain in Healdsburg.

Sonoma County votes to accelerate transfers of open space land to other agencies

They are some of the most iconic Sonoma County landscapes, taking in sweeping coastal vistas and oak-studded inland ridges, all of it set aside with taxpayer money. But the agency responsible for those transactions, the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District, has found itself owning some of those tracts for far longer than ever intended.

Sonoma County celebrates new trail along Laguna de Santa Rosa

Under stormy skies, a long-awaited trail along the eastern side of Laguna de Santa Rosa got its public debut Friday. Several dozen park supporters and local government officials huddled against intermittent sprinkles and unveiled the new 2.4-mile network at its southern trailhead off Highway 12 just east of Sebastopol.

Supervisors approve Taylor Mountain park plan

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a plan meant to guide the future look and feel of a regional park on Taylor Mountain overlooking Santa Rosa. The blueprint for the 1,100-acre property includes 17 miles of trail for use by hikers, equestrians and cyclists, camping and picnic sites, five trailheads with restrooms and future plans for a visitor center, small event venue and an eight-room inn, given interest from a private partner.

Future of Jenner Headlands taking shape with new plan

Jenner Headlands, 5,600 acres set aside in 2009 in the largest conservation purchase in Sonoma County history, could have been developed into ranchettes, but $36 million in public and private funds prevented that. Now, managers are shaping the property’s future, trying to balance public access and the protection of natural resources.

Mixed open space marks

Sonoma County has the third-highest tally of protected open space in the nine-county Bay Area. But more land in the county also remains threatened by development than in any other part of the bay region, according to a new report from the Greenbelt Alliance, an open space preservation group. About 115,000 acres — an area more than four times the size of Santa Rosa — could be transformed by development within the next three decades, the group said.

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