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Climate Action and Resiliency

Climate Action and Resiliency Division

Climate Resilient Lands Strategy

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Sonoma County’s Climate Action and Resiliency Division and Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District have collaborated to create the Sonoma County Climate Resilient Lands Strategy, a document designed to provide structure and guidance for climate-related efforts, with a focus on natural and working lands. The Strategy was approved by the Board of Supervisors on September 13, 2022. The full Lands Strategy publication is available by clicking on the link below. An overview of the Strategy is also available in both English and Spanish:

Draft versions of these documents were released in June 2022 for public comment for a 30-day period. The County, alongside its contractor, reviewed comments and incorporated subsequent edits to update these draft documents. Draft versions can be accessed below. The Overview of Response to Public Comment summarizes received comments and responses. While the public comment period has closed, you are still welcome to provide feedback for consideration in potential future editions of the Strategy. 

County staff hosted an informational webinar on June 27, 2022 to further engage with members of the public who wished to provide comments or ask questions about the Strategy. The webinar was recorded and can be accessed via the link below.

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Strategy Overview

Sonoma County, comprising over 1.1 million acres (1,500 square miles) and with a population of approximately 488,000 people, hosts 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 vegetative communities, a high degree of climatic variation, and a diverse topographic and geologic landscape, Sonoma’s natural and working lands provide benefits that support the county’s social, ecological, and economic health. These natural and working lands, however, are vulnerable to increasingly dramatic and rapid climate changes. To strengthen climate resilience of natural and working lands throughout Sonoma, the County of Sonoma (also referred to as “the County”) has worked with partners and stakeholders throughout the county to develop this bold and critical Climate Resilient Lands Strategy (“Lands Strategy”). The Lands Strategy aims to address the following objectives:

  • Conserve, manage, and restore as much of the county as possible across public, private, natural, developed, and agricultural lands.
  • Focus early 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 to conserved spaces, increasing connections and corridors, and working with private landowners to develop shared management strategies.
  • Partner with Native American tribes within Sonoma County to advance traditional ecological knowledge and preserve tribal cultural resources and tribal cultural properties.
  • Identify funding and financing strategies within the county, state, and federal, as well as private funding sources to advance this innovative and bold plan. Identify new concepts for funding and financing sources as well.
  • Prioritize equity and climate justice approaches that are measurable and clear.

The Resilient Lands Strategy helps Sonoma County implement its Five-Year Strategic Plan Climate Action and Resiliency pillar by developing policies to maximize carbon sequestration and minimize loss of natural carbon sinks, encouraging agricultural and open space land management to maximize sequestration, and developing a framework and policies to incentivize collaboration with private and public land owners.

Comment Submission Details

The public comment period for the first edition of the Strategy has closed. Feedback is still welcome and may be incorporated into later editions of the Strategy. Please submit written comments to Comments can be sent in Spanish or English.