Sonoma County Wildfires: Watershed Recovery & Resiliency

Sonoma County Ag + Open Space staff are heartbroken at the devastation our community experienced as a result of the Sonoma Complex Fires. However, we remain inspired by the Sonoma County community who continue to show immense bravery, compassion, and willingness to help others, despite experiencing loss of their own. These disastrous wildfires have brought our community closer together, and that spirit of cooperation and closeness will be important to maintain as we look to recover and rebuild our beloved county. Ag + Open Space will play an integral role in the recovery of our entire community, with a specific focus on the restoration and ongoing protection of our county’s natural and working lands.

Assessment of Our Protected Lands

Approximately 7,000 acres of Ag + Open Space-protected land were directly affected by the fires. In addition to reaching out to easement landowners who suffered damage to offer our support and share resources, Ag + Open Space staff have been able to conduct initial visits of a handful of Ag + Open Space-owned properties, including Saddle Mountain, Calabazas Creek, and Dogbane Preserves, and our Cresta and McCullough properties along Mark West Creek.

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Watershed Collaborative

Sonoma County Ag + Open Space is taking an active role in the county’s post-fire watershed recovery and resiliency efforts. With direction from our Board, we have convened the Watershed Collaborative – a countywide, multi-agency watershed recovery effort, with a focus on long-term resiliency of our natural and working lands. Together, this group will develop a shared vision for short-term recovery and long-term strategies for watershed resiliency. High priority actions include health and human safety related to water quality, landslides, and flooding, as well as impacts to sensitive species and ecosystems.

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Property Owner Resources