Vegetation Trends and Cycles in the Fire-Prone Landscapes of Lake, Napa and Sonoma Counties
Some of the most destructive and deadly wildfires in the history of the US West have recently occurred in California’s coastal Mayacamas Mountains Range spanning the counties of Lake, Napa, and Sonoma. Yet the relationship between fire and vegetation regrowth, and how these processes unfold as a cycle over time, is poorly understood in our region. The goal of this project is to better characterize historical fire and vegetation cycles to inform hazard reduction and forest resilience strategies and to advance public awareness needed to improve fire readiness. This is a critical information gap we need to fill in order to reform our approach to forest management to better protect life, property, and forest health.