$500K for Sonoma Valley’s vegetation management

Sonoma County Regional Parks accepted $500,000 in state grant funding to pass through to the Sonoma Valley Wildlands Collaborative for the development of fuel reduction projects, fuel breaks, defensible space and fuel break maintenance in Sonoma Valley.

The collaborative consists of six conservation organizations and land management agencies, including Regional Parks, Ag + Open Space, Audubon Canyon Ranch, the State Department of Parks and Recreation, Sonoma Land Trust and Sonoma Mountain Ranch Preservation Foundation.

Formed in response to the 2017 wildfires, these organizations recognized the need to manage land in partnership and across boundaries to achieve greater landscape resilience and community protection from wildfire.

Together, the collaborative manages more than 18,000 acres of park and preserve lands in the Sonoma Valley region including lands that have been recently and repeatedly impacted by extreme wildfire. The group aims to maintain and improve ecosystem health, increase resilience to wildfires and climate change, and reduce future impacts of wildfire to communities in the Sonoma Valley.

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