J.D. Morris, THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Open space planning public meetings – All meetings are 6-8 p.m.
March 14: Healdsburg Community Center, Healdsburg
March 15: El Molino High School library, Forestville
March 21: Petaluma Community Center, Petaluma
March 29: Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building dining room, Santa Rosa
March 30: Finnish American Home Association – Heritage Hall, Sonoma
More information: sonomaopenspace.org/vital-lands
Hoping to set a commanding agenda for conserving its landscapes, Sonoma County’s taxpayer-funded Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District is launching its broadest, most extensive planning effort ever to guide its work for the next 15 years.
The open space district on Tuesday will mark the start of its so-called Vital Lands Initiative. Community outreach will include five public meetings throughout the county this month as officials gather input on how best to steward the county’s preserved farmland and natural spaces.
It’s the district’s most ambitious planning project in more than a decade — and likely its most wide-ranging such undertaking ever, according to general manager Bill Keene.
“It’s in all aspects of our work in protecting agricultural land, greenbelts, scenic hillsides, recreation, natural resources and watersheds,” Keene said. “It’s really going to cover everything we do.