Sonoma County Regional Parks has earned a Best of the Best, Creating Community award of excellence from the California Parks and Recreation Society for its YES! (Youth Exploring Sonoma) Parks program. YES! Parks is one of only six programs in the state to receive the award in 2023.
Sonoma County Regional Parks is planning to conduct pile burns at Shiloh Ranch Regional Park February 28th through March 3rd. The upcoming pile burn is a continuation of fuels reduction work conducted by Park’s staff and the California Conservation Corps (CCC) that thinned vegetation along the Park’s roads and trails.
In the 2021-22 fiscal year, county and municipal park agencies throughout Sonoma County used nearly $12.4 million in Parks for All – Measure M funds to focus on climate resiliency, stewarding woodlands to make forests more resilient to fire and building climate-adaptive park infrastructure to better withstand extreme weather.
Sonoma County Regional Parks is planning to conduct pile burns at Shiloh Ranch Regional Park on January 31st and February 1st, 2023
Sonoma County Regional Parks, in collaboration with Cloverdale Fire Protection District and CAL FIRE, is planning to conduct pile burns at Cloverdale River Park on November 10th. Woody material from the wildfires that occurred in the park this last summer were thinned and piled by Regional Parks’ staff over the last several months. The pile burn will begin on the morning of the 10th and continue throughout the day. Fire agencies will provide fire engines and crews to manage the burning process, and Regional Parks staff will work in collaboration with the fire agencies.
In honor of Veterans Day, military members, veterans and their families can receive free parking at all Sonoma County Regional Parks on the holiday and weekend.
Sonoma County Regional Parks, in collaboration with CAL FIRE, the North Sonoma Coast Fire Protection District, and the South Coast Fire Protection District (Mendocino County), is planning to conduct pile burns at Gualala Point Regional Park on October 25th to take advantage of cool coastal conditions.
Sonoma County Regional Parks seeks community input to help shape the future of Mark West Creek Regional Park and Open Space Preserve in northwest Santa Rosa. The department is creating a master plan to guide the park’s future development, public access, vegetation management, educational uses and habitat enhancement. The public is encouraged to share their desires, thoughts, and feedback by taking an online survey now through Nov. 11, 2022, at MarkWestCreekParkAndPreserve.org.
County, Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria sign co-management agreement of Tolay Lake Regional Park
The County of Sonoma and the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria have entered into a long-term agreement to co-manage Tolay Lake Regional Park, a partnership believed to be the first of its kind in California between a local government and a federally recognized tribe.
Sonoma County’s largest trail construction project in over a decade is underway at Taylor Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve in Santa Rosa. When completed, hikers, cyclists and equestrians will have access to an additional 450 acres of the 1,100-acre park. These new trails will improve the quality of recreational opportunities and access to nature close to Sonoma County’s most populous city, adding approximately 8 miles of new multi-use trails and doubling the park’s existing trail network.