Wildfire – The Road to Recovery

As we move forward after the historic wildfires, we want to express our deepest sympathy to everyone impacted by the fires here and in Sonoma, Solano and Mendocino Counties. We are endlessly grateful for the untiring efforts of the first responders, the over 11,000 fire fighters [some brought in from all over the country, and as far away as Australia and Canada], the California Highway Patrol, local authorities, and the countless volunteers who worked tirelessly to protect us all. And the response of the Napa community has been truly inspiring.

Our staff have begun the process of actively visiting properties to assess short and long term stewardship issues. We have been consulting with experts from a number of other agencies, such as Cal Fire, and have joined the Post Fire Recovery Working Group, which includes the Napa County Resource Conservation District, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the County and others who are working to assess the condition of burned areas and determine any steps that could or should be taken.

In addition, Stewardship Program Manager Mike Palladini recently took part in a panel discussion put on by the Bay Area Open Space Council where regional experts spoke on the impacts of the fires on their properties.

We’ve also published a photo update of the regeneration being observed on our protected properties in a blog post titled Nature’s Resilience.

Lastly, in a proactive effort to share useful information, we’ve collected resource links to webpages & pdfs that could be helpful in the recovery process and have posted them below. Our goal of working together as a community remains and with it the hope that we can live up to Napa’s inspired resiliency.

 

Wildfire recovery resources

Post-fire land management workshops (Napa County Resource Conservation District

 

Wildfire recovery resources for farmers, ranchers and rural landowners (CDFA)

 

After the fire – RCD and NRCS can help (Napa County Resource Conservation District)

 

Erosion control and watershed protection program (County of Napa)

 

Open Space Council Wildfire Forum  – audio & slides (Open Space Council blog)

 

Napa County Resource Conservation District’s post fire dos and don’ts

 

What to do after a fire for landowners and residents (Pepperwood Preserve)

 

Soil erosion control after wildfire (Colorado State University pdf)

 

Napa County Resource Conservation District fact sheets and resources

 

Returning home after a fire (Cal Fire pdf)

 

#napastrong

Thank you to everyone who has reached out with messages of concern and offers of help. We are fortunate to be able to work toward conservation in this wonderful community. While we do have additional work to do in response to fire impacts, we are also working on several permanent protection projects and hope to have good news on them soon.

In the meantime, we are inspired by nature’s steadfast endurance. The photos below, taken on just a few of our protected lands, show how nature can already be seen making progress on the road to recovery. For a more in-depth look at the regeneration we’re observing, see our blog post Nature’s Resilience.

 

Photo by Lands Program Assistant Erin Erickson

Photo by Communications Associate Jorgen Gulliksen

Photo by Land Trust Stewardship Program Manager Mike Palladini