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Firesmart Lake Sonoma Watershed Project

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Like you, our perspective on fire was forever changed in October 2017.  

In partnership, Ag Innovations and Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water) organized a two-part workshop series called "FireSmart Lake Sonoma" about living with fire in the Lake Sonoma Watershed.  If a catastrophic fire were to occur in the Lake Sonoma Watershed, it could lead to contamination of the region’s drinking water supply, affecting over 600,000 residents. We are committed to working together on solutions to better protect your home and our primary regional water source.  Lake Sonoma watershed has three distinct communities, connected by major roadways and divided by the lake. With that in mind, we hosted a two-part workshop on reducing fire risk and increasing fire resiliency in the Lake Sonoma Watershed.


LAKE SONOMA FIRESMART COMMUNITY WORKSHOP DETAILS:

We invite all those who live or work in the Lake Sonoma Watershed to our two-part FireSmart Lake Sonoma workshop this summer.

First, we invite you to one of our community workshops in your home region of Lake Sonoma to create a shared understanding and strategy for fire management among your neighbors.

Together, we will spend the morning exploring the current state of land management: Have you cleared defensible space around the structures on your property? How do you manage your forests? What is your understanding of emergency management services? What kind of collaboration do you want to see in your community? At noon, we'll stretch our legs, eat lunch, and spend some time getting your input on draft maps of your part of the watershed. Then, we'll spend the remaining portion of the day on a site walk led by experts. We will bring maps, coffee, and lunch to you. 

East Lake Sonoma Region FireSmart Community Workshop - From 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. on Friday, August 17 - Geyserville Fire Station | 20975 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville - The Geyserville Fire Department, Cloverdale Fire District, Sonoma County’s Office of Recovery and Resilience, Cal Fire and Sonoma Water invite you to share your perspective on the state of fire resilience in the community.  At noon, we will gather your input on watershed maps, eat lunch and then head out on a site walk led by experts.

South/West Lake Sonoma Region FireSmart Community Workshop - From 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 28 - Lake Sonoma Visitors Center 3288 | Skaggs Springs Rd, Geyserville - The Geyserville Fire Department, Cal Fire and Sonoma Water invite you to share your perspective on the state of fire resilience in the community.  At noon, we will gather your input on watershed maps, eat lunch and then head out on a site walk led by experts.

Yorkville Lake Sonoma Region FireSmart Community Workshop - From 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 6 - Yorkville Community Center | 25400 CA-128, Yorkville - The Anderson Valley Fire Department, Mendocino County Resource Conservation District (RCD), Cal Fire and Sonoma Water invite you to share your perspective on the state of fire resilience in the community.  At noon, we will gather your input on watershed maps, eat lunch and then head out on a site walk led by experts.

As we know, our homes are only as fire smart as the home next door, so please help spread the word to neighbors.  

 

LAKE SONOMA NEIGHBORS SUMMIT DETAILS - 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - September 18th - Oriental Hall | 1000 Highway 128, Geyserville

From 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 18 in Geyserville, we will bring together the entire Lake Sonoma community alongside experts from Cal Fire, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Ag + Open Space District for a Neighbors Summit. Working across the watershed, we will begin to design solutions as a community. Our goal is for all participants to leave with a better understanding of the unique stewardship role they play in keeping our community safe.

 

RSVP FOR THE LAKE SONOMA FIRESMART COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS AND NEIGHBORS SUMMIT:

RSVP at this link here or directly to Suzannah for all FireSmart events to ensure we order you a lunch: (707) 823-6111 x114 or suzannah@aginnovations.org. If you leave a message on Suzannah's voicemail, please include your name, phone number, which workshop dates you'll be attending, and your email address (if you have one). 

 

PRESCRIBED BURNING ON PRIVATE LANDS WORKSHOP - August 1st - Cloverdale

In addition to our workshops, our friends at the University of California Cooperative Extension are hosting a workshop for landowners and managers on Prescribed Burning on Private Lands from 8:00 am - 2:30 pm on Wednesday, August 1 at the Cloverdale Veterans Memorial Building (205 W. 1st Street).

Register for the prescribed burn workshop here.

 

ABOUT THE FIRESMART LAKE SONOMA WATERSHED PROJECT: 

If a catastrophic fire were to occur in the Lake Sonoma Watershed, it could lead to contamination of the region’s drinking water supply, affecting over 600,000 residents. We are committed to working together on solutions to better protect your home and our primary regional water source.

Lake Sonoma watershed has three distinct communities, connected by major roadways and divided by the lake. With that in mind, this summer, we will host a two-part workshop on reducing fire risk and increasing fire resiliency in the Lake Sonoma Watershed.

First, we will host three Community Workshops in August and early-September - one for each Lake Sonoma community region - focused on how residents view fire and their ideas for collaboration to reduce fire risk and increase community resiliency. The FireSmart Lake Sonoma Community Workshops will be specific to your community: with one workshop for the Yorkville/North Lake Sonoma community, one for the Geyserville/East Lake Sonoma community, and one for the South/West Lake Sonoma area.

Second, we will then host a Neighbors Summit on September 18th, for all members of the Lake Sonoma Watershed community, where we bring a bigger roster of public agency staff alongside private landowners to develop a forward-looking strategy for the Lake Sonoma Watershed community.

As noted, workshops are planned in a two-part series; so, we request your participation and RSVP here for both workshops: 1.) the FireSmart Lake Sonoma Community Workshop closest to your geographic home or work location 2.) the FireSmart Lake Sonoma Neighbors Summit on September 18th in Geyserville.

RSVP at this link here or directly to Suzannah for all FireSmart events to ensure we order you a lunch: (707) 823-6111 x114 or suzannah@aginnovations.org. If you leave a message on Suzannah's voicemail, please include your name, phone number, which workshop dates you'll be attending, and your email address (if you have one). 

 

GREAT RESOURCES TO PREPARE FOR YOUR FIRESMART LAKE SONOMA WORKSHOPS: 

  1. Ben Nichols, from CALFIRE, discusses how CalFire approaches defending homes and buildings in event of a wildfire - and how residents can be more prepared
  2. Video on Home Design and Retrofitting Techniques for Wildfire Defense 
  3. CalFire Prepare for Wildfire Website
  4. Sonoma County Forest Conservation Working Group - Resource for landowner workshops on managing forests and reducing woodland fire risk 
  5. Creating Wildfire Adapted Homes and Landscapes - Detailed informational guide from FireSAFE Sonoma
  6. FireSmart Community Workshop Resource Handout - Terminology and Resources for Creating Fire Adapted Communities from Sonoma Water and Ag Innovations

 

 

This project is a Resilient Community Pilot Project funded by PG&E Resilient Communities Better Together 2017 grant and the Sonoma County Water Agency


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