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2019-03-06Mar 6, 2019

Due to the flood disaster, Sonoma County Regional Parks has canceled two community workshops on a proposed Russian River bicycle and pedestrian trail. The workshops announced for March 9 and 12 in Guerneville will be rescheduled for a later date. Regional Parks is studying the feasibility of building a 19-mile trail from Forestville to Jenner and will be inviting the public to learn more and provide feedback about the project.

2018-10-11Oct 11, 2018

We made history Saturday September 15, 2018. According to Coastwalk, our regional Coordinator for California Coastal Clean Up Day 2018, this year’s 1,200 volunteers broke all previous Sonoma County attendance records for this annual event! And the best part? Together we removed 8.7 tons of debris from our county’s inland waterways and from our beaches.

2018-10-05Oct 5, 2018

Encouraging you to VOTE for what YOU believe is GOOD for YOUR Community

 

2018-10-01Oct 1, 2018

The wildfires of October 2017 destroyed more than homes, neighborhoods, and open space. They burned almost a fourth of the county’s parkland and damaged or destroyed parks in Santa Rosa as well.

Measure M on the November ballot will provide funds for aggressive action to reduce fire risk in parks in the unincorporated areas of the county and for improving and maintaining existing county and city parks.

2019-02-26Feb 26, 2019

The MAC will hear presentations about current and future infrastructure projects planned in the area by county and state agencies, including Regional and State Parks, the County Department of Transportation and Public Works and Caltrans.

2019-02-26Feb 26, 2019

Santa Rosa's Recreation and Parks Department is hiring over 300 seasonal employees to help run the city’s robust operation of swim lessons and public swim hours, summer day camps, youth and adult recreation programs, and outdoor park activities and amusements.

2019-01-02Jan 2, 2019

Spotting a Great Blue Heron is a nice way to start off the New Year and, in Sonoma County, it's easy. The gorgeous, graceful birds, with soft gray-blue feathering and long legs and unbelievably long and slender necks, are often visible at Ellis Creek Water Recycling Facility in Petaluma, or Bodega Bay, or in The Laguna de Santa Rosa Wetlands.

2019-01-02Jan 2, 2019

Five years after the killing of Andy Lopez, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved a $3 million settlement with Lopez's family. Is it a step towards community healing for the family?

2018-12-12Dec 12, 2018

At the December 11th public hearing and meeting, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors voted to include the all Class 1 trails - such as West County and Joe Radota Trails - as Regional Parks to afford them the 1,000-foot setback protections from Cannabis operations. 

2018-12-01Dec 1, 2018

A proposal to build a cannabis grow and processing facility near the West County Trail in Graton has raised questions about the county's land use laws for the fledgling industry. At its December 11 meeting, the Board of Supervisors are expected to decide if the West County Trail and the Joe Rodota Trail should be included in the setback requirement and if the Graton applicant must place its cannabis plants and structures at least 1,000 feet from the trail.

2018-11-27Nov 27, 2018
2018-11-07Nov 7, 2018

Around midday, on October 19th, 2018, I made my way around the nature preserve that I manage in Northern California, collecting all of the footage from the trail cameras that I have positioned on the land. Having seen at least two mountain lions pass by one of my cameras at 7:45 in the morning, I expected that the big cats would be bedded down amongst the nearby cypress and manzanita for the day. I knew that the lions would be rising around sunset, so at around 5:30 in the afternoon, I headed out the ridge-top trail where the camera trap had photographed the predators nine hours prior. I moved towards one of the more overgrown paths, and in an instant, was watching two mountain lion heads bobbing their way up the steep slope towards me.

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