The Vegetation Management Program provides resources and grant funding for vegetation management in high risk areas throughout Sonoma County. 

Defensible Space Resources for Landowners

Each of us has a role to play in keeping Sonoma County fire ready. Building defensible space around homes in high-risk areas is critical to protect homes, cities and towns, and helps ensure firefighters can focus on fighting fires.

Learn more about what defensible space is, how to harden your home, and how to landscape with fire resistant plants and materials here >>

Vegetation Management Project Grant Program

For larger projects that require additional funding and resources, the County of Sonoma has created the Vegetation Management Project Grant Program to support near-term vegetation management activities in high-risk areas and near key ecosystems. This funding is targeted to support the work of local fire districts, schools, communities with Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPPs), Resource Conservation Districts, community groups, nonprofit organizations, licensed foresters, and technical advisors. 

For the 2021 and 2022 wildfire seasons, the Board of Supervisors approved $3,722,160 in grant funding for 20 vegetation management projects throughout Sonoma County. In addition, another seven projects in the Russian River area have been conditionally approved for future funding pending the completion of outstanding project design and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) work.

The grant application period is currently closed, but there will be future opportunities to apply for this funding and you can check back here for future opportunities.

For those interested in applying during future funding cycles, you can learn more about this program here >>

Read the press release and view the 2021-22 projects here >>

Questions? Please contact Kim Batchelder at kim-batchelder@sonoma-county.org.

Additional Resources

Education, Funding, and Assistance

CEQA Compliance

Examples of CEQA documentation practice: