Vote YES on Measure H in Windsor

The Town of Windsor in Sonoma County is holding a special election on November 7 to renew its urban growth boundary (UGB) for another 22 years through Measure H. The growth boundary draws a clear line around the town, beyond which major development isn’t allowed. Changes to the growth boundary are only allowed with a vote of the people. Measure H will “lock in” two more decades of voter protections for the… Read More

Protecting Urban Wildlands in Petaluma

The West Petaluma Hills rise above the city of Petaluma within walking distance of downtown. I recently walked the user trails that criss-cross this patch of urban open space with naturalist Dr. Lydia Schindler, who lives nearby. The views from up top stretch from historic downtown to Sonoma Mountain and all the way to Mt. St. Helena. Collaborating with neighbors, landowners and community leaders, Dr. Schindler is seeking to permanently protect 30… Read More

All Aboard The Smart Train

For the first time in more than 50 years, travelers can jump on the train in the North Bay. The long-awaited Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) is now running full speed ahead with daily and weekend service from downtown San Rafael to the Sonoma County Airport. And….you can use your Clipper Card! Greenbelt Alliance worked to pass the measure that created SMART nearly 10 years ago. We were proud to join… Read More

Defend Sonoma County’s Community Separators

Last year Sonoma County voted by 81% to protect community separators, the green spaces between our towns and cities. Now, a luxury resort with hundreds of events is proposed by an out-of-town developer in the community separator between Santa Rosa and Windsor. This oversized hideout for the 1% will put the community separators we voted to protect to the test! Defend the Windsor-Larkfield-Santa Rosa Community Separator from this oversized development by signing… Read More

Community Separators Put to the Test

Just months after 81% of Sonoma County voters passed Measure K to protect community separators for the next 20 years, a luxury resort is being proposed on the north edge of Santa Rosa in the Windsor-Larkfield-Santa Rosa Community Separator. Greenbelt Alliance and our allies are concerned that the size and scale of the luxury resort and event center are inconsistent with community separator policies, zoning, and Measure K. It is also in… Read More

Crafting a Vision for Sonoma County

Whether you live here or visit, everyone agrees that Sonoma County is pretty great for its rolling hills, dramatic coast, and everything in between. Yet we face many challenges ahead to conserve and restore these lands and achieve thriving neighborhoods for all in the next 20 years and beyond. Looking forward, Greenbelt Alliance is excited to be working with county supervisors and community partners to launch an update of the General Plan,… Read More

Teri Shore: Environmentalist of the Year

Sonoma County Conservation Council board member, Wendy Krupnick, presented the Ernestine Smith Environmentalist of the Year Award to Teri Shore, North Bay Regional Director for Greenbelt Alliance on Saturday, June 10th in Santa Rosa.  The Conservation Council was founded in 1982 as a federation of environmental organizations dedicated to maintaining and enhancing the quality of the environment in Sonoma County. The Ernestine Smith “Environmentalist of the Year” award was initiated in 1994… Read More

North Coast Forest Conservation Conference: Teri’s Journey

Half of Sonoma County’s land is covered with forests: 522,000 acres of oak woodland, redwoods, Douglas-fir, manzanita, madrone, and more. Greenbelt Alliance was a co-sponsor of the North Coast Forest Conservation Conference where we joined with foresters, tribes, advocates, and landowners to learn and partner on ways we can protect the forested lands that are critical to the Bay Area’s greenbelt. Healthy forests are essential for clean air and water, wildlife habitat,… Read More

Windsor to Vote on Urban Growth Boundary

In the town of Windsor in northern Sonoma County, it is no surprise that recent polling found that 75% of its residents want to renew their urban growth boundary (UGB) before it expires at the end of 2017. Windsor voters passed their first UGB in November 1998 with a 72% majority. Over the past 20 years, Windsor has made huge strides in smart planning and city-centered growth. Town leaders created a town… Read More

Loving Sonoma County Landscapes

If you love the rolling hills, coastal bluffs, redwood forests and rich farm and ranch land of Sonoma County, now is your chance to share what favorite landscapes you’d like to protect forever!

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