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Fire Recovery & Resilience

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The Laguna Foundation collaborates with public land managers and private landowners on various projects aimed at enhancing ecosystem resilience to fire. Although we still have a significant distance to cover in achieving a fire-adapted community, each year underscores the important and pressing nature of this work. Recognizing the inevitability of more severe weather due to climate change, our efforts are crucial in building a safer and more resilient landscape. This resilience is essential for both the natural environment of Sonoma County and its inhabitants to endure and flourish.


What should you do with your land after a wildfire?
What should a concerned property owner do in its aftermath?

The CNPS Fire Recovery Guide addresses these questions in an easy-to-use booklet, created in response to the widespread Wine Country fires. The Guide is a collaborative effort between CNPS, North Bay partner organizations, and some of the best fire experts in the state. Download a free copy today. Sections include:

  • Frequently asked questions about wildfire in California
  • A post-fire checklist for property owners
  • A decision-flow diagram for post-fire conditions
  • Erosion control recommendations
  • Tips for tree care and landscaping after fire
  • Defensible space updates, and
  • An overview of California’s most fire-prone habitats

oak-seedlingWhich Oaks Will Survive?
A general guideline for determining if a damaged tree should be cut down or saved. Applies primarily to blue oak, interior live oak, and black oak. We suggest using this publication as a guideline only, and to have a professional inspect any trees on your property that you may suspect are damaged.

Oak Identification Guide
A one-page guide to common oaks in Sonoma County.

How to Plant an Oak Tree Seed

Sonoma Resource Conservation District’s Fire Recovery web resources
Includes a Natural Resources Recovery Guide, Best Management Practices for landowners preparing for winter weather, and many other links, many of which have information that is applicable beyond Sonoma County.

University of California Agriculture and Natural Reources, Forest Research and Outreach
More resources from the University of California

California Fire Science Consortium
Includes links to events and webinars, research and publications, data resources, and organizations.

Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network
Develops innovates, and uses a network approach to disseminate fire adaptation practices to improve community wildfire resilience.

Make Sure Your Landscaping is Fire-resistant
Blog, University of California Master Gardener, Santa Clara County

Creating Defensible Space
San Luis Obispo County Community Fire Safe Council video on maintaining defensible space around one's home.

United States Geological Survey (USGS) California Water Science Center, Emergency Assessment of Post-Fire Debris-Flow Hazards

In the News...

KRCB Radio, April 2018
"Replanting Local Native Plants On Your Property"
Interview with Laguna Foundation Ecological Program Manager, Brent Reed.

News of the North Bay

Mar 11, 2018
Press Democrat, March 7, 2018
“Restoring the Oaks”
By Stephen Nett


For more information, contact Brent Reed, Ecological Program Manager
(707) 527-9277 xt. 101 or by email at Brent@LagunaFoundation.org.

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