We are residents of the coastal hills of western Sonoma County. Our community grew in the early 1970’s. Large tracts of land that had been heavily logged and overgrazed were subdivided, bringing in new residents inspired by the ‘back to the land’ movement. After the Creighton Ridge fire burned 11,000 acres in 1978, the community recovered together by improving fire suppression and embarking on forest restoration and watershed improvement programs through grant funded tree planting, road improvement and stream restoration projects.
But times have changed and the Coast Ridge Community Forest is here to help our community adapt to these changes. Now our forests and grasslands are once again overgrown. Fire season is extended due to climate change, as witnessed in recent years by catastrophic fire, that can’t be suppressed, pushed by high temperatures, high winds and excessive fuel load that endanger lives and homes. Throughout the state, people are seeking to change our culture of understanding what makes a healthy forest and how to prepare for fire, focusing on safety of lives and homes.
What does the Coast Ridge Community Forest do for you? We can help you adapt to climate change by reducing fuel load on your land, increasing rainwater storage, improving roads, and creating a healthier, more resilient environment. We provide workshops to apply for forest management plans, to educate our members in the grant process they may participate in and to bring in experts to discuss the latest research into forest health and fire safety.
Your membership supports us as we look for funding, for forest thinning, prescribed burning, grazing, water storage tanks and more. and get more done by working together. We can help local landowners adapt to climate change by reducing fuel load, increasing rainwater storage, improving roads, and creating a healthier, more resilient environment. We have received grants for this work in the past and are currently applying for more. Join us so we can get more done by working together!
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