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Preservation Ranch officially preserved

Nearly 20,000 acres of remote forest once targeted for vineyard development in remote northwest Sonoma County will be set aside as timberland and wildlife habitat under a landmark conservation deal that closed Friday.

Supervisors approve landmark deal to purchase Preservation Ranch

Sonoma County supervisors hailed a landmark conservation deal Tuesday as they unanimously approved $4 million in open space dollars to help with the $24.5 million purchase of Preservation Ranch in the county’s northwest corner.

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.

State’s Coastal Conservancy runs low on cash after local deals

A little known state agency that has poured $68 million into Sonoma County conservation projects is running low on cash and planning to scale back its mission of protecting and enhancing vast forests and coastal lands.

State Coastal Conservancy OKs $10 million for Preservation Ranch buy

Clearing the way for a landmark Sonoma County conservation deal, the state Coastal Conservancy board Thursday approved a $10 million contribution toward the purchase of Preservation Ranch, a 19,652-acre property that sprawls across the county’s northwest corner.

$24.5 million deal to save Preservation Ranch

A national conservation group has reached an agreement to buy nearly 20,000 acres of timberland in northwestern Sonoma County, a move that derails the long-disputed, forest-to-vineyards conversion project pushed by CalPERS, the giant state workers pension fund.

Carrillo, Carpenter wrangle over Preservation Ranch

Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo and former Supervisor Ernie Carpenter traded sharp jabs Wednesday night over a controversial timber-to-vineyard conversion project that is sure to become a key election issue in the race for the 5th District supervisorial seat. The issue — and the intensity of the exchanges in a bid to win environmental votes in the west county district — took center stage in a candidates’ forum in Graton that included former Santa Rosa City Councilwoman Veronica Jacobi.

Artesa vineyard project nears state OK

A project that would clear up to 146 acres of forest for vineyards in northwest Sonoma County is nearing state approval. The controversial proposal, put forward by Napa-based Artesa Vineyards has been on the drawing board for more than a decade.

CalPERS to move ahead with Preservation Ranch

CalPERS has ended months of uncertainty by signaling to Sonoma County that it intends to move forward with a huge, controversial timber-to-vineyard conversion project near Annapolis.

Moratorium sought on vineyard development

Growing unease about a wave of vineyard projects that call for clear-cutting forested hillsides has Sonoma County officials calling for an emergency halt until new regulations are crafted. Sonoma County Agricultural Commissioner Tony Linegar has proposed a four-month moratorium on vineyard projects that would remove trees from ridge tops or slopes greater than 15 percent.

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