Summary of Objective Implementation Status
Expanding outreach and education on vegetation management and providing additional resources to land owners to help mitigate fire risk is in process and on going. Many of the key milestones are completed or in process as anticipated in the implementation plan. Collectively, we have provided more than 30 public training and capacity building events and the PG&E Settlement funded Vegetation Management Grant Program has provided 46 community grants, totaling $8.3 million. The various agencies and organizations are now working collaboratively on vegetation management efforts throughout the county. We have a collective awareness of efforts throughout the county and have prepared recommendations for the Board to consider regarding outreach and education and additional resources for landowners into the future.
Key Milestone Update
Coordination and Partnership Update
The Vegetation Management Technical Advisory Committee, which includes Ag + Open Space, Permit Sonoma, Regional Parks, Climate Action and Resilience Division, UCCE, fire agencies, Sonoma and Gold Ridge Resource Conservation Districts, Sonoma Ecology Center, Pepperwood Foundation, Fire Forward, and Fire Safe Sonoma, meets regularly to advance coordinated vegetation management efforts.
Community, Equity, and Climate Update
The purpose of this objective is to enhance our ability to communicate with the public about local vegetation management efforts. Therefore, the actions that have been conducted to date seek to engage all members of our community, we strive to incorporate approaches that reach all members of our diverse community. For example, workshops have been offered to all members of the community with Spanish translation services. Our vegetation management outreach and education efforts have helped to better inform the community about vegetation management practices that are beneficial to climate resilience as well as natural systems and fire resilience .
Current funding needs are met by the PG&E settlement funds, FEMA Hazard Mitigation grants, and BRIC grant. We are recommending formation of a technical advisory committee to address future, on-going funding needs. Additionally, UC Cooperative Extension received $300,000 from the Climate Resiliency Fund in October 2022 for promoting managed grazing to lower wildfire risks and to increase climate benefits.