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Mt. Jackson Shaded Fuel Break Kickoff & Project Design Meeting

February 24 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

- Free

Please join us at the upcoming Kickoff & Project Design meeting on February 24th at Guerneville School to learn more & contribute to the project design.

CAL FIRE, Sonoma County Fire District, Sonoma County Ag + Open Space District, Sonoma RCD, Hacienda FireWise Community, and Environmental Resource Solutions, Inc. are reaching out to ask for your participation in an exciting wildfire mitigation project in your neighborhood. CAL FIRE is proposing a set of strategic fuel breaks along Mt. Jackson. You can see the proposed locations of the fuel breaks in the map below:

Click here to view larger map.

What is a shaded fuel break? Shaded fuel breaks are a strip of land where vegetation has been modified so that an approaching fire would be slowed. The break provides a place where firefighters can stop the fire’s forward spread. Fuel breaks are created using a variety of treatment methods, often including hand work, mastication, grazing, and prescribed fire. Projects are designed in partnership between landowners, foresters and fire mitigation specialists.

Shaded fuel breaks are one of the most effective treatment options for improving fire safety in high-risk communities. By participating in this project, you improve your home’s safety and the safety of your entire community. CAL FIRE sees this project as a protective barrier between the Sonoma Mountains to the east, and the coastal mountains to the west.

Private landowners are essential partners in this project. The proposed project intersects approximately 80 parcels across Mt. Jackson. CAL FIRE is seeking your partnership to create this project on your private property. Participating landowners would work with the project forester to shape the project to the landowner’s satisfaction. Individual landowners may decline to participate, however this reduces the overall effectiveness of the shaded fuel break for the community.

How is this project funded? Funding for implementation is not secured yet, but we are pursuing state grant funding. We have a small grant to begin community outreach and education now and botanical surveys this spring (March-April 2024).

What is the proposed timeline for this project? This February, we are working to earn landowner commitments to the initial surveys. Before the project can begin, various surveys need to be conducted to ensure the protection of sensitive botanical resources (such as endangered plants), biological resources (such as endangered animal species) and cultural resources (such as archaeological, historical and tribal artifacts) in the project area. This March, botanical surveys will begin on committed parcels. The other surveys will be conducted before the fall. By late summer (August 2024), we aim to earn landowner commitments to the project implementation. We aim to begin project implementation within the 12 months following landowner commitments.

Click here to read more about the project details.

Want to learn more? Have questions?

Please join us at the upcoming Kickoff & Project Design meeting to learn more & contribute to the project design:

Saturday, February 24, 10am-12pm
Guerneville School Multi-Purpose Room,
14630 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville, CA

Attend to:

  • Learn more about the CAL FIRE initiated project
  • Contribute to the project design
  • Sign up to participate in the project’s first stage

If you want to dive deeper into forest management practices & learn about the bigger strategy for Lower River Wildfire Resilience, we will host a follow-up meeting on March 10th.

Interested in participating? If you are interested in participating, please fill & return the Right of Entry form (available online soon) to indicate your commitment to the project.

Questions about the project? Contact Chief Marshall Turbeville to ask questions about the Mt. Jackson Shaded Fuel Break Project.
(Best method of contact is email due to lack of cell coverage in western Sonoma County & an often full voicemail box.)
Email: marshall.turbeville@fire.ca.gov
Cell Phone: (707) 529-2523

 

Details

Date:
February 24
Time:
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cost:
Free

Organizer

Gold Ridge RCD

Venue

Guerneville School Multi-Purpose Room
14630 Armstrong Woods Rd
Guerneville, CA 95446
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Details

Date:
February 24
Time:
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cost:
Free

Organizer

Gold Ridge RCD

Venue

Guerneville School Multi-Purpose Room
14630 Armstrong Woods Rd
Guerneville, CA 95446
+ Google Map
View Venue Website