Accomplishments

What We’ve Achieved Together

While our individual accomplishments are numerous, members of the Forest Working Group have collaborated to produce great community offerings and solve common problems.

Some of our major accomplishments as a group include:

  • Supporting the formation of a new initiative to address community fire resiliency: Taking Action for Living Systems
  • Partnering to produce the 2018 Living with Fire in California’s Coast Ranges Symposium
  • Facilitating the formation of multiple watershed councils
  • Supporting numerous funding proposals for collaborative conservation work
  • Hosting numerous landowner-facing educational conferences, workshops and presentations

2020 Accomplishments

A few highlights from the full 2020 Accomplishments Report include:

  • Developed new website: www.sonomaforests.org
  • Raised $7,500 from members, private foundations, and members of the public, covering 40% of annual budget
  • Increased membership by 25% for a total of 142 subscribed members
  • Monthly meetings have had 47 unique attendees and represented 36 different agencies and organizations. Average attendance per monthly members meeting is 14
  • Hosted or co-hosted five educational events:
    • “Cooperative Prescribed Burning with the Good Fire Alliance”
      • Cohosted with Fire Forward’s Good Fire Alliance
      • 10/19—Monan’s Rill, Santa Rosa, CA
    • “Forest Stewardship Workshop”
      • Supported UCANR
      • 01/2020—Ukiah, CA
    • “Summer 2020 Fire Outlook”
      • CALFIRE, local fire reps
      • 07/2020—Zoom
    • “Wildfire Recovery for Forest and Rural Landowners”
      • Cohosted with UCCE
      • 12/2020—Zoom
    • House Meeting on Joy Ridge Rd
      • Supported community on Joy Ridge Rd, Occidental, CA
      • 12/2020—Zoom
  • Hosted five “brown bag” speaker events:
  • “Bouverie Preserve post-fire vegetation response analysis”
    • Presented by Arthur Dawson, principal ecological historian, Baseline Consulting
    • 11/2019–In-person presentation
  • “Biomass Utilization, Costs and Benefits,”
    • Presented by Daniel Barad, Sierra Club
    • 01/2020–In-person presentation
  • “Jenner Headlands Shaded Fuel Break Project”,
    • Presented by Brook Edwards, Preserve Manager of Jenner Headlands, The Wildlands Conservancy
    • 06/2020—Zoom
  • “Walbridge Fire Impacts on a Managed Healdsburg Forest,”
    • Presented by Fred Euphrat, consulting forester and owner Bear Flat forest
    • 09/2020—Zoom
  • PG&E Wildfire Settlement Funds for Vegetation Management collaborative meeting hosted by Sonoma County RCDs and Fire Safe Sonoma (two member organizations) was advertised to the Working Group membership, and numerous members attended to discuss the best use of settlement funds to prevent future wildfire
    • 11/2020—Zoom
  • Produced quarterly newsletters, Summer 2020 and Fall 2020
  • Produced Forest Landowners Stewardship Guide
  • Held monthly Members meetings and Steering Committee meetings
  • and more!
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