The Forest Working Group has two primary functions. One is providing a network to land managers and forestry professionals, and the other is providing land manager education. We are a network of land managers that communicates regularly about local forestry issues. Any forest landowner can join the Forest Working Group. It is meant to be an open-access resource to all. There is no cost to join the network, and members are all volunteers (except for one paid coordinator). See our Membership page to join.
The benefits of the Working Group network include participating in an on-going conversation with local forestry practitioners about the state of forestry and individual members’ operations. We discuss best practices, challenges, opportunities, advice and resources. We collaborate to achieve the greatest outcomes. From our conversations, new solutions arise to common problems. See a summary of our accomplishments to date.
Core members of the network include interested private landowners; interested forestry professionals; Bodega Land Trust; California State Parks; California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE); Coast Ridge Community Forest; Fire Safe Sonoma; Friends of the Mark West Watershed; Greenbelt Alliance; Gualala River Watershed Council; Pepperwood Preserve; Sonoma Land Trust; Sonoma and Gold Ridge Resource Conservation Districts; Sonoma County Agricultural and Open Space District; Sonoma County Regional Parks; Sonoma Ecology Center; The Wildlands Conservancy; University of California Cooperative Extension; and others. See the full list of members.