Wildfire – The Road to Recovery

LNU Complex and Glass Fire update

 

As our community continues to move forward from the LNU Complex wildfire and the hugely destructive Glass Fire that followed, we want to express our deepest sympathy to everyone impacted by the fires. We are endlessly grateful once again for the untiring efforts of the first responders, the thousands of fire fighters, the California Highway Patrol, local authorities, and the volunteers who worked tirelessly to protect us all. The response of the Napa community continues to be truly inspiring.

To date, 42% of Napa County totaling roughly 212,000 acres has burned this wildfire season. In the immediate aftermath of the fires, we have been focused on cleaning up and replacing damaged infrastructure, clearing roads and trails, assessing erosion risk, and rehabilitating areas heavily impacted by fire containment line. We are also working to expand our post-fire monitoring program, initiated after wildfires in 2014, to track the recovery of our fire adapted native plant communities and wildlife species. In addition, we are working to build on our active fuels reduction and restoration programs, including prescribed burning, rotational grazing, invasive species control and forest management, to increase the resiliency of our lands to climate change and extreme wildfires.

Lastly, in a proactive effort to share useful information, we’ve collected resource links to webpages & pdfs that could be helpful in the recovery process and have posted them below. Our goal of working together as a community remains and with it the hope that we can live up to Napa’s inspired resiliency.

 

2017 fire season – news and information

Nature’s Resilience Part II

Our latest post-fire photo update highlights some amazingly adaptive native plants.

Rare fire poppy found amid Mt. George regrowth

Fire poppies grow from seeds that can lie dormant in the soil’s seed bank for many decades.

Nature’s Resilience

A post-fire photo update from Stewardship Program Manager Mike Palladini.

Bay Area Open Space Council Forum

The Land Trust’s Mike Palladini was part of a panel discussion on the North Bay wildfires and their impacts on protected land.

2017 Fire Season – Original post

As we continue to move forward after the historic wildfires, we want to express our deepest sympathy to everyone impacted by the fires here and in Sonoma, Solano and Mendocino Counties. We are endlessly grateful for the untiring efforts of the first responders, the over 11,000 fire fighters [some brought in from all over the country, and as far away as Australia and Canada], the California Highway Patrol, local authorities, and the countless volunteers who worked tirelessly to protect us all. And the response of the Napa community has been truly inspiring.

Our staff continue the process of actively visiting properties to assess short and long term stewardship issues. We have been consulting with experts from a number of other agencies, such as Cal Fire, and have joined the Post Fire Recovery Working Group, which includes the Napa County Resource Conservation District, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the County and others who are working to assess the condition of burned areas and determine any steps that could or should be taken.

Lastly, in a proactive effort to share useful information, we’ve collected resource links to webpages & pdfs that could be helpful in the recovery process and have posted them below. Our goal of working together as a community remains and with it the hope that we can live up to Napa’s inspired resiliency.

 

Wildfire recovery resources

Napa County Resource Conservation District’s post fire dos and don’ts

 

Wildfire recovery resources for farmers, ranchers and rural landowners (CDFA)

 

After the fire – RCD and NRCS can help (Napa County Resource Conservation District)

 

Erosion control and watershed protection program (County of Napa)

 

Open Space Council Wildfire Forum  – audio & slides (Open Space Council blog)

 

California Native Plant Society’s Fire Recovery Guide

 

What to do after a fire for landowners and residents (Pepperwood Preserve)

 

Soil erosion control after wildfire (Colorado State University pdf)

 

Napa County Resource Conservation District fact sheets and resources

 

Returning home after a fire (Cal Fire pdf)

 

#napastrong

Thank you to everyone who has reached out with messages of concern and offers of help. We are fortunate to be able to work toward conservation in this wonderful community. While we do have additional work to do in response to fire impacts, we are also working on several permanent protection projects and hope to have good news on them soon.

In the meantime, we are inspired by nature’s steadfast endurance. The photos below, taken on just a few of our protected lands, show how nature can already be seen making progress on the road to recovery.

 

Photo by Lands Program Assistant Erin Erickson

Photo by Communications Associate Jorgen Gulliksen

Photo by Land Trust Stewardship Program Manager Mike Palladini