Grant Projects

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Fort Ross Road Landowners! Our final Access Agreement is here. Please sign and return by June 15th!

You can download the form by clicking here to complete and sign. You can email your signed form or mail it in; please see the form for instructions for both. Prefer to have us bring you a paper form to sign? Just click here to email Judy Rosales and let her know.

Why seek grant funding for our community?

All of us who live in these beautiful hills know that there is a cost to living here. Our remote location and sparse population mean that we will likely always be the last area to receive critical fire-firefighting and evacuation resources during a large wildfire event.

However, our communities also know first-hand the power of working together to prevent disaster and keep our community thriving. Whether it’s our volunteer fire departments, neighbors sharing chippers and chain saws, neighborhood work parties, community grazing, or intrepid bulldozers creating a last-minute fire break to save our community, we know how to come together and get things done.

We also know that the work needs more than just what volunteers can provide. To create large-scale resilience for our community, we need funding to hire professional work crews to do shaded fuel-break projects that serve large areas over multiple properties, projects that are designed and coordinated by the people who live here, and who understand the needs and talents of our community.

Current and proposed grants

Current: Fort Ross Road project: funded and in progress!

About This Project: The CRFC Fort Ross Road Fuels Reduction Project was funded by the Sonoma County Vegetation Management Program, and will work to create a shaded fuel break along Fort Ross Road. The purpose is to improve the safety of ranch roadways in the event of an approaching wildfire, improving vegetation clearance to aid in evacuation for residents and better access for first responders and emergency vehicles. Our Executive Director Judy Rosales began working on the grant proposal in 2018 with support from our board. The completed proposal was submitted for consideration in 2020, was awarded funding in 2021, and has been in progress since. Environmental reviews are in process and work will begin on Fort Ross Road in summer 2022, with a projected completion date of December 2022.

Proposed: Evacuation Route and hazardous Fuels Project

About This Project: CRFC has been developing Phase II of the shaded fuel break project since 2018 and is now preparing to submit a grant proposal titled Evacuation Route and Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project to CAL Fire for consideration. This project increases the shaded fuel break work to include Bohan Dillon Road, Blue Jay Road, Muniz Ranch Road, and priority designated private ranch roads. When completed, the treated roads will become part of a large shaded fuel break network including Muniz Ranches, Jenner Headlands Preserve, and Sonoma Land Trust’s Little Black Mountain and Pole Mountain.

We are asking everyone who lives along Fort Ross Road, Bohan Dillon Road, Seaview Road, Blue Jay Road, Muniz Ranch Road, and priority ranch roads (see maps below) to sign on to help us get significant funding and resources to develop shaded fuel breaks on all listed roads. Signing on means you are saying yes, I want the shaded fuel break to happen along the stretch of road that goes through my property. It means that if we win this grant, we will let you know in advance of any work exactly what will be done (thinning, limbing up, chipping, masticating). It means you agree to participate in community maintenance of that fuel break once it’s been created, and we will organize community work days to help make sure that gets done.

Please join us by filling out the form below, and then please forward this page to your neighbors in the area! We are hoping for 100% participation to show the grant funders how committed we are to making our community safer!

Landowners Participation Agreements:

Project Resources

Fort Ross Road Vegetation Types:

Gualala Ranch Priority Roads
Navarro Ranch Priority Roads
Seaview Ranch Priority Roads