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Sonoma County Climate Resilient Land Strategy


In Spanish

The Sonoma County Climate Action and Resilience Division and Agricultural Preservation and Open Spaces District today released the Sonoma County Climate Resilient Lands Strategy, a document designed to provide structure and directions to climate-related efforts across the county, with a focus on natural and working lands. Along with the full draft strategy, an Overview and Critical Concepts document is also available, which offers a summary of the full strategy along with key excerpts. Comments can be made on either document. The Overview and Critical Concepts document has also been translated into Spanish.

Members of the public are invited to review the following documents and provide their comments during a 30-day public comment period. County staff will host an informational webinar on June 27, 2022 to further interact with members of the public who wish to provide feedback or ask questions about the strategy. Comments will also be collected by email. Webinar and email details are listed below.

Dickson Ranch, Sonoma County

Strategy overview

Sonoma County, comprising more than 1.1 million acres (1,500 square miles) and with a population of approximately 488,000 people, is home to a diverse landscape with coastal geography, varied topography, and a range of microclimates. Collectively, the landscape supports an array of ecological zones, plant and animal species, working lands, waters, and communities (Sonoma County Ag + Open Space, 2021a). With a wide range of plant communities, a high degree of climatic variation, and a diverse topographic and geological landscape, Sonoma’s natural and working lands provide benefits that support the county’s social, ecological, and economic health. However, these natural and exploited lands are vulnerable to increasingly dramatic and rapid climate change. To build the climate resilience of natural and working lands across Sonoma, Sonoma County (also referred to as “the County”) has worked with partners and stakeholders across the county to develop this bold and essential land strategy. resilient (“Land Strategy”). The Land Strategy aims to achieve the following objectives:

  • Conserve, manage, and restore as much of the county as possible across public, private, natural, managed, and agricultural lands.
  • Focus initial actions on areas with the greatest potential for carbon sequestration, climate risk reduction and biodiversity enhancement.
  • Provide a forum for coordinated action on climate resilience in Sonoma County.
  • Reduce fragmentation of the natural lands system by adding conserved spaces, increasing connections and corridors, and working with private landowners to develop shared management strategies.
  • Partner with Native American tribes in Sonoma County to advance traditional ecological knowledge and preserve tribal cultural resources and tribal cultural assets.
  • Identify fundraising and fundraising strategies within the county, state, and federal government, as well as private funding sources to advance this bold, innovative plan. Also identify new funding concepts and funding sources.
  • Prioritize equity and climate justice approaches that are measurable and clear.

The Resilient Lands Strategy helps Sonoma County implement its five-year Climate Action and Resilience Pillar strategic plan by developing policies to maximize carbon sequestration and minimize the loss of natural carbon sinks, encouraging stewardship. farmland and open space to maximize sequestration, and developing a framework and policies to encourage collaboration with private and public landowners.

Webinar and Feedback Submission Details

The live webinar to discuss the Resilient Lands Strategy and to share feedback will be held from 4-6 p.m. on Monday, June 27, 2022. It will begin with an overview of the strategy, then staff will be available to respond to questions. questions and collect feedback. Spanish interpretation will be available for the Zoom webinar. A video of the meeting will be uploaded to the county’s YouTube and Facebook pages for anyone interested but unable to attend.

Sonoma County Climate Resilient Lands Strategy Workshop Live Zoom Link:

Please submit your written comments to [email protected] Comments can be sent in Spanish or English and must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, July 15, 2022.