Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District

Sonoma County Wildfires: Watershed Recovery & Resiliency

District 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. The District 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 District-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, District staff have been able to conduct initial visits of a handful of District-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 Recovery & Resiliency Collaborative

The District 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 Recovery 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 the Sonoma County Recovery & Resiliency Plan for Natural and Working Lands – 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, such as stream systems.

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