A county-wide coalition led by The Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District has published a Watershed Collaborative Report to guide the recovery of natural areas impacted by the October 2017 fires. Here’s a summarizing excerpt from the report:
In the wake of the recent catastrophic fires, our Sonoma County community came together to help one another and to embark on the path to recovery. The Watershed Collaborative convened to ensure that the broader natural and working lands community worked together to plan for short-term recovery and long-term resiliency of our watershed lands.
Groups with a long history of high-quality planning and implementation – including resource conservation districts, non-profits, agricultural and watershed groups, academic institutions, local, state and federal agencies – collaborated for over two months to develop priorities for watershed resiliency in the aftermath of the fires. This report represents the recommendations and priorities of these high-capacity organizations, and outlines a vision of a resilient landscape that incorporates past experience, best-available science, and current work with new information gleaned from the fires…
…This report provides foundational ideas for consideration by the Sonoma County Office of Recovery and Resiliency in the aftermath of one of the worst natural disasters in California’s history.
Pepperwood served on the steering committee of the Watershed Collaborative, and participated in several of the Working Groups. We’re proud to be part of such a vibrant county-wide effort to protect the health of our natural lands!