Learn how to keep your home, property, and neighborhood safe from wildfire:

A free quarterly newsletter with useful information for forest landowners:

The Fire Safe specs provides step-by-step instructions for prioritizing where projects should be located and how to install and maintain them.

Fire Resilient Forests Initiative

The Fire Resilient Forests Initiative (FRFI) is a project of the Sonoma County Forest Conservation Working Group .  The purpose of the FRFI is to complement the publicly-funded response to the fires and get the best science, expert, and permitting guidance to landowners via a network of public agencies and nonprofit organizations. Please click here to find out more.


Sudden Oak Death:

Forest Management:

California Native Oak Management:

Wildlife and Forest Management:

Forest Conservation:

  • Conservation Easements – one of the most effective tools available for the permanent protection of private lands, a conservation easement is a voluntary legal agreement between a landowner and a land trust or public agency that restricts the use of a particular property in order to protect its conservation values. Conservation easements are used to achieve a variety of conservation purposes, including open space preservation, agricultural preservation, and natural resource protection. To learn more, visit these links:

  • Succession Planning – Are the taxes on your forest property a burden? Have you started grooming a family member to take over the property when you are older? Here are two sources of information to start getting answers to these tough questions:

Overview of Succession Planning: Forestland Steward – Forest Succession

Estate Planning for Forest Landowners: What Will Become of Your Timberland?, US Forest Service

  • Community Forests – Community forests are owned or managed by local residents for the benefit of their community.

An introduction to community forests in California – Community Forests Fact Sheet

Forestland Steward – Community-based Forestry

Coast Ridge Community Forest is an example of community forestry in Sonoma County and is an organization that assists landowners develop and implement best forest and land management practices based on a shared vision of sustainability.

The University of California Cooperative Extension’s webinar lecture series on community forestry may be viewed on-line at down to “Webinar Links” near the bottom of the page)



Land Management Assistance Agencies for Landowners

Incentive Programs for Landowners

Contact our local Petaluma Service Center to find out more:
5401 Old Redwood Highway, Suite 100
Petaluma, CA 94954
Phone: (707) 794-1242 ext. 3
Fax: (707) 794-7902

Contact our local CAL FIRE Unit to find out more:
Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit
1199 Big Tree Road
St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 967-1400

Emergency/Disaster Response Programs

Contact our local Service Center Office to find out more:
Sonoma County Farm Service Agency
5401 Old Redwood Highway, Suite 100
Petaluma, CA 94954
Phone: (707) 794-1242 ext 3
Fax: (844) 206-7015

The Russian River Watershed Directory lists a number of other local agencies who are potential sources.


An overview: Forestland Steward – Your Place in the Watershed

All Sonoma County Watersheds:

Gualala River Watershed

Russian River Watershed

Petaluma River Watershed

Salmon Creek Watershed

Watershed Management & Fish Recovery Plans

Coho Salmon Recovery:

California Coastal Chinook Salmon, Northern California Steelhead, & Central California Coast Steelhead:

CalFish, a California Cooperative Anadromous Fish and Habitat Data Program –

Watershed Management:



Most human-caused sediments in North Coast streams come from roads.

Learn about solutions here:



mapSee the “Forest Cover” map to learn where forests and woodlands are located in Sonoma County.

The following maps show the topography, tributaries, and completed restoration projects in the Gualala River Watershed.

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) provide a powerful tool for combining maps with database information:

Sonoma County Watershed Maps:



Here’s a cheat sheet on permit options for differing forest management practices:

Navigating the Permitting Process Cheat Sheet: Permitting One pager 2018 SRCD

Sonoma County Registered Professional Foresters

Bonnie Burchill, RPF#2590
Santa Rosa

Andrew Fitzpatrick, RPF#3002
Santa Rosa

Matthew Greene, RPF#2747

Mitchell Haydon, RPF#2810
Santa Rosa

William Krelle, RPF#1208

Corrina Munger, RPF#3032

Charles Richardson, RPF#2702
Stewarts Point

Andrei Rykoff, RPF#2294

Kirsten Sequoia, RPF#3009

William Snyder, RPF#1760
Santa Rosa

John Williams, RPF#1677


Many perspectives on of all the topics above were shared during the three – day North Coast Forest Conservation Conferences held in June, 2012 and again in June 2017. Follow the links below to see conference agendas and PowerPoint presentations:



Forestry Assistance Helpline: For questions about fire, management, water, taxes, education, fisheries, wildlife, laws: 1-800-738-TREE

Forest Landowners of California:, 877-326-3778 (Toll Free)

Land Trust Alliance:

Pacific Forest Trust:, 415-561-0700

Forestland Steward Newsletter:

California Tree Farm Program:, 530-472-1938

California Association of Resource Conservation Districts:, 916-457-7904

UC Integrated Hardwood Range Management Program (IHRMP):

Forest Stewardship Websites

UC Cooperative Extension, Forestry –;

UC Forest Stewardship Series Complete, ANR Publication 8323

Insects and diseases, USDA Forest Service

Insects and diseases, Calif. Forest Pest Council – SOD, bark beetles

Wildlife Habitat Relationships (WHR)

Sierra Nevada Ecosystem Project (SNEP)

Fire Information Websites

UC Fire Center for Research and Outreach, Berkeley

Defensible Space Guidelines, Board of Forestry

Fire Hazard Severity Zone maps

Fires Safe Structures in Wildland Urban Interface

California Dept of Forestry and Fire Protection

Cone Fire – USFS PSW Blacks Mt Exp. For.

Angora Fire Assessment of Fuels Treatment Effects

Fire Safe Councils

California Fire Plan

Assessing fire risk to structures – Jack Cohen, Rocky Mt Res. Sta.

Science basis for changing forest structure to modify wildfire behavior and severity, FS Rocky Mt Research Station, RMRS-GTR-120

Mountain Area Safety Taskforce (MAST) for San Bernardino and Riverside counties

CAL FIRE Fire and Resource Assessment Program

Active Fire Mapping with Remote Sensing –

Firewise Website – educational materials for homeowners in fire-areas,

Biomass Websites

California Biomass Energy Alliance—California biomass power industry sponsored organization. Facts about biomass power.

List of California electric utilities

US Dept. of Energy—general site for information on energy related topics. For Info on biomass, go to energy sources, then highlight bioenergy

USDA Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory – wood utilization

Protecting forests across landscapes and through generations…