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.
We thank you for your messages of concern as well. We are still in the early stages of evaluations to assess the extent of impacts to our permanent preserves and conservation easement lands. 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. We will keep you posted as we know more.
Wildfire recovery resources
We’ve collected resource links to webpages & pdfs that could be helpful in the recovery process and have posted them below. We’ve also listed resources from other local organizations as well. We will continue to update this list as more is known.
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)
Returning home after a fire (Cal Fire pdf)
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
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. In the photo below, taken by Stewardship Program Manager Mike Palladini just days after the fires, a sprouting soap plant appeared on our Foote Botanical Preserve on Mt. George.
Photo by Land Trust Stewardship Program Manager Mike Palladini