Fire recovery: what your RCD can do for you

Written By: Christine Kuehn, Education and Communications Manager, Sonoma RCD
Published: November 3, 2020

Dear Neighbors,

As fire season continues, we are both heartbroken by the losses and inspired by the tenacity and resilience of our community. And, as ever, we’re here to help. We are grateful to the firefighters for their heroic efforts, and to all the helpers in our community offering a hand to those impacted.

We are here for you now, as always, with our own forms of help. The article below provides information on how we can help you determine your next steps, and resources that you can download to learn more about post-fire land management.

In addition to our work with individual landowners, we are engaged with the Watershed Task Force, supporting efforts to assess watershed damage and needs, secure funding, and outreach to the community. For more information on the Watershed Task Force, and the Watershed Emergency Response Team formed through CalFire, check out the press release.

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We are here for you and are ready to work side by side with you as our community recovers together.

In partnership,

Your Sonoma RCD Team

How can we help you and your property recover?

The RCD is offering these current services related to fire recovery and resiliency in our impacted watersheds:

  • Our team of natural resource professionals and Registered Professional Forester can readily provide technical assistance information and organize site visits to determine resource needs and appropriate actions concerning erosion, riparian areas, forest management, and evaluate your roads, culverts, and stream crossings, etc.
  • We offer valuable perspectives and experience to help your land heal,
  • We leverage our extensive partnerships to maximize resources available to help you through your recovery process,
  • We share information and resources in our eNewsand on our website for you to freely access,
  • We can connect you with funding resources available from state and federal recovery funding programs for post-fire natural resource protection

Here is a short list of current available PDF resources that you can download directly from our website using this link:

Fire Recovery: Other Helpful Information for All Properties

NRCS After the Fire Fact Sheets (PDFs): Preparing Your Property for Winter

Additional resources are available on our website. If you have natural resources concerns on your fire-impacted property, please contact Shannon Drew at SDrew@sonomarcd.org or call 707-569-1448 x110 to leave a voicemail. Please note our team is working remotely due to COVID-19, but we can arrange site visits with you that follow all state and local health safety guidelines or provide resources over phone or email.

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