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2020-07-07Jul 7, 2020

While the observatory cannot yet open its doors for the public to use its telescopes due to social distancing limitations, docents found another way to create fun, family events outside. Visitors are required to follow Covid-19 precautions including wearing face masks and social distancing from other family groups. The number of participants are also limited to ensure a safe environment. Sign up and pay ahead of time online, to ensure a spot as well as to minimize contact at the event.

2020-05-20May 20, 2020

The National Park Service (NPS) at Pt Reyes Seashore is about to release its Final plan for ranching at Point Reyes National Seashore. In February the NPS released the trove of 7,600 public comments to its draft plan that, if adopted, will extend 20-year leases to ranchers and expand ranching in this popular national park.

2020-05-12May 12, 2020

A directive that allows park agencies to reopen some parking lots and sports facilities was issued  by Dr. Sundari Mase. The health order means residents can drive to inland parks beginning Wednesday, May 13, 2020. The order keeps Sonoma Coast parking areas closed to prevent crowding at beaches but allows coastal residents to walk or bike to nearby parks during limited hours. Facilities that encourage gatherings or have frequently touched surfaces remain closed. These include playgrounds, dog parks, outdoor gym equipment, picnic areas, drinking fountains and barbecues.

2020-04-15Apr 15, 2020

Sonoma county Parks thanks you for honoring the shelter-at-home and parks closure orders issued by Sonoma County's health officer. How much you miss your parks is palpable. The community is missed in the parks. The good news is our collective efforts are helping to flatten the curve of coronavirus infections in the community. Your support is making a difference. The parks invite you to join some new virtual activities, from tide pool webinars to wildlife coloring pages and book clubs to backyard photography.

2020-03-25Mar 25, 2020

While we all know the value of parks to our mental and emotional well-being, especially during this difficult time of sheltering in place, we are convinced this order of closer of our parks is the right move. We want to help make a real difference in the outcome of this crisis. The closure order is in effect until further notice. To explain what the closures mean, we’ve prepared answers to some frequently asked questions. Cierran Todos Los Parquesdentro del Condado de Sonoma, Actualizar 25/03/2020 - Respuestas a Preguntas Frecuentes. Read more to get some answers.  

2020-03-23Mar 23, 2020

California State Parks today announced the launch of a campaign titled “Flatten the COVID-19 Curve at Parks” to remind the public to practice social distancing of 6 ft. or more when visiting state parks or any outdoor area. The parks may close if the public does not practice social distancing. During these difficult times, protecting park staff, volunteers, partners and visitors from the exposure to coronavirus is critical.

2020-03-18Mar 18, 2020

As our community responds to the evolving coronavirus emergency,  the Regional Parks remain open as a public resource under Sonoma County's latest health order. Although we are directed to stay home as much as possible, we can go outdoors to exercise. With the support of Sonoma County's leadership, the parks, trails and beaches will remain open and  parking fees will be waved. Being able to stay active and benefit from the calming effects of nature is crucial at a time like this, and the parks are open to you for walking, running, hiking and biking.

2020-03-02Mar 2, 2020

The California Strategic Growth Council (SGC) is accepting grant applications for projects that protect agricultural land and reduce greenhouse gases. The cabinet-level State body opened the sixth funding round of its Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program (SALC) after its interagency Council approved updated guidelines at its public meeting on Tuesday. SGC invites cities, counties, resource conservation districts, land trusts, California Native American tribes, and other governmental and non-profit entities to apply for the grants.

2020-02-25Feb 25, 2020

The UGB is simply a line around the city that protects open space and ag lands. It prevents urbanization and development beyond the boundary without a majority vote of approval by its citizens. The UGB can be revised if needed at any time by going back to the voters.  It gives the community a direct voice in the future of the city. The City of Sonoma is moving forward to renew its existing Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) for another 20 years by placing a ballot measure before voters in November 2020. This is great news for open space and agricultural lands and climate-wise, city-centered growth for the next generation.


2019-04-25Apr 25, 2019

Think of birding as a puzzle or mystery and you are the detective. You have to use whatever data you have, be it plumage (feathers), color, a bird song or call, behavior, habitat, size, shape, body type, etc. to deduce the species of bird you're trying to identify. Since we are all cooped up, the kiddos are out of school and everyone needs something exciting to keep ourselves busy and positive, becoming a backyard birder is the perfect new hobby for everyone at any level of proficiency. Thankfully, there are many helpful birder sleuth apps one can use to become a master birder.

2020-07-01Jul 1, 2020

From Supervisor Hopkins' office: We are dealing, on an ongoing basis, with the reality that cases are rising and too many people come in that do not respect the health orders. We will have enforcement agencies out all weekend but they have a lot of territory to cover and can’t be everywhere at one time. We encourage you to practice safe-celebrations this weekend. Stay close to home and away from crowds, maintain social distancing, wear masks and sanitize, sanitize, sanitize. And remember fireworks are banned in unincorporated Sonoma County please don’t put your neighbors at risk during wildfire season.

2020-06-27Jun 27, 2020

Out of an abundance of caution, Friday morning (June 26th) Caution Advisory signs for HABs were posted along the Salmon Creek lagoon in Bodega Bay. As the summer season progresses, advisory signs will be posted in other freshwater recreational areas and remind the community to heed the advisory message if they see these signs.  The Caution Advisory recommendations include staying away from algae and scum in the water, preventing pets and other animals from going into the water, and keeping children away from algae in the water or accumulated along the shore. Read more find out about thd real dangers to people and pets...

2020-06-21Jun 21, 2020

As residents head outside, mosquito experts encourage community members to protect themselves from mosquitoes and the diseases they can spread. West Nile virus is the most prevalent mosquitoborne disease in the U.S. according to the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There is no human vaccine for West Nile virus, a disease that can cause debilitating cases of meningitis, encephalitis, and even death. West Nile virus isn’t the only mosquito-borne threat, newly established invasive Aedes mosquitoes can transmit viruses such as chikungunya, dengue, and Zika, all of which are costly to treat and can have long-term health and financial consequences. Check out how you can protect yourself and your home.

2020-06-10Jun 10, 2020

STARTING, June 15th, the Sonoma County Health Officer will make official a new Health Order schedule that eases some public health restrictions on outdoor recreational activities, Modified Summer Camps to Meet COVID-19 Precautions and Expanded Sidewalk and Parklet Seating Programs for SantaRosa Restaurants. Recreation & Parks is excited to open recreational opportunities for our community! They are working quickly to implement the safety protocols required under the Health Order to open, as well as complete deferred maintenance at  parks and facilities and ensure appropriate staffing and regulations for camps and restaurants.

2020-06-06Jun 6, 2020

The California Coastal Trail (CCT), when completed, will encompass 800 miles of coastline. The Coastal Act mandated that each coastal county and city, as part of developing their own Local Coastal Plan, include the planning and implementation of the California Coastal Trail through their jurisdictions. Sonoma County has done so with considerable success. About two thirds of the county’s 65 miles of the California Coastal Trail has been completed, and planning for the remaining gaps is included in the current Draft Local Coastal Plan. One of the leading organizations in that effort was, and continues to be,Coastwalk/California Coastal Trail Association.

2020-06-04Jun 4, 2020

We need to follow the simple rules so we don't force the hand of the County to close the beaches once again.  Because this public health emergency is continuing into the future and the general shelter-in-place order is still in effect, we are asked to continue limiting our activities and our exposure to others. Read on for some specific guidelines for visiting Sonoma Coast beaches – and all of our Regional Parks.

2020-05-31May 31, 2020

As we start to open up our society again after the long shelter-in-place, let us take a moment to pause. Are we going back to life as we knew it or can we rebuild our schedules with the best outcomes of the shelter in place orders. For example, a picnic basket implies that you are going to go to the beach together (and with the kids!) instead of work or the ball game. There is the expectation of a day in the park, the plaza, or out wine tasting, maybe with friends, a glorious sunset toast, or perhaps a short walk to a quiet hollow by a creek together.

2020-05-21May 21, 2020

As an alternative to the installation of the 2020-2021 Cloverdale Sculpture Trail, now on hold, we have created a “Sculpture Trail Flip Book” as a virtual preview, which can be viewed online.  Determined to keep the Trail alive and interesting to the public sequestered at home, The online tour of the Trail includes 11 new sculptures selected before the unwanted guest, COVID-19, arrived on our doorstep. Check out the featrued artists in our article, access the virtual flip book tour or view or download the brochure.

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