As the new year unfolds, the people and landscapes of the North Bay are slowly healing and moving toward recovery and rebuilding.
Greenbelt Alliance pledges not to forget the devastation of the North Bay fires and their impact on our region. We are thinking deeply about how we can guide and inform regional policy in the years to come and look forward to working with partners as recovery efforts continue.
While community separators didn’t stop the Tubb’s fire in Santa Rosa, without them, the damage could have been much worse. Read more.
This disaster may have been far worse if not for the policies and plans that have been in place to avoid sprawl in the rural areas of the North Bay. We believe we can reduce the impact that natural disasters have—avoiding even more devastating results—by fighting for smart planning moving forward.
The Town of Windsor in Sonoma County held a special election on November 7 to renew its urban growth boundary (UGB) for another 22 years through Measure H. In a resounding win with over 70% approval, the local community turned out in support of protecting open space and planning for smart growth.
Collaborating with neighbors, landowners and community leaders, Dr. Schindler is seeking to permanently protect 30 acres of natural grassland and woodland habitat in Petaluma from potential development.
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.
After Sonoma County voters passed Measure K to protect community separators for the next 20 years, a resort is being proposed in the community separator.
Greenbelt Alliance is excited to work with partners to launch an update of the General Plan, the blueprint for Sonoma County’s future. Read more.
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.