Fire Recovery & Resiliency

We’re Here to Help


The RCD’s goal is to continue to collaborate with local agencies as to not duplicate efforts and provide the best support possible to our constituents.


Attn: 2017 Fire Impacted Landowners – Conservation Funding Available!


Grant funds are currently available for projects that reduce erosion and water quality concerns in fire-impacted areas of Sonoma County.
Potentially fundable projects include:   
  • Replacement of burned culverts
  • Unsurfaced Road improvements (ditch relief culverts, road reshaping/outsloping, rolling dips)
  • Removal of invasive plants and revegetating with native plants along burned riparian areas
  • Streambank stabilization
  • Upland gully or headcut repair
  • Revegetating sensitive/erosion-prone areas
  • Cross-fence replacement
  • Installation of livestock riparian fencing
Who is eligible?
Anyone’s whose property was impacted by the 2017 Nuns and Tubbs fires. See map on the right as a reference.
What projects qualify?
Projects that implement conservation practices that reduce potential non-point sources of pollution (erosion, stormwater runoff, chemical contaminant runoff) into associated waterways.
Cost Share Requirement
Cost share (typically 15% of project cost) can be waived for fire-impacted properties.
How do I apply for funding? 
Please fill out an inquiry form and request an initial site visit with RCD staff. Landowner Inquiry Form can be found here!
How do I get selected for funding?
High priority projects will receive funding. A technical advisory committee (TAC) reviews all applications and then ranks them using a grant specific selection criteria. This will require a site visit this fall/winter.
Please contact us by September 6, 2019 to be considered for this funding. Construction will occur in summer of 2020 and 2021.
Funding for this project has been provided in full or in part by the USEPA and the State Water Board under the Federal Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Program (CWA Section 319).


Technical Services We Offer


The RCD is offering these current services related to fire recovery and resiliencey in our impacted watersheds:

  • Site visits and planning services for landowners and managers to determine resource needs and appropriate actions concerning erosion, riparian areas, etc. sometimes in partnership with an NRCS engineer,
  • Connecting landowners with funding resources available for post-fire natural resource protection,
  • Natural resource permit assistance on a fee for service basis,

Preparing for Winter After the Fire: What Property Owners Can Do


  • You can help by taking simple steps by placing straw wattles, hay bales, and mulch around burned areas to reduce the chances of ashes and other material from washing into streams.
  • Remember that everything that is outside drains to creeks and streams. Don’t use leaf blowers or hoses to remove ash and debris.
  • Get help from professionals who are certified, registered and/or licensed before selecting and installing large, permanent or semi-permanent treatment measures.
  • Wear protective gear whenever you work in burned areas.
  • IF YOUR PROPERTY IS IN A RURAL AREA OR ON A HILLSIDE watch for unusual movement of water, land, and debris during or after rain. Have an emergency plan and leave your property if it becomes unsafe during or after a storm.
  • Minimize soil and slope disturbances. Ash, leaf drop, downed trees and remnant burned vegetation all play a role in protecting the soil and slopes following wildfire.
  • Work with your neighbors. Runoff, erosion & debris flows have no boundaries.
  • Private roads require more maintenance in the first few winters following wildfire. Clear debris upstream of culverts as possible, and check culverts for clogging after every storm. If culverts or other road drainage structures do not appear to be functioning properly, consult a professional.

*These tips were provided by natural resource specialist Rich Casale, who is assisting local agencies in fire recovery efforts. Other resources: Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Sonoma Resource Conservation District (RCD), County of Sonoma, City of Santa Rosa, City of Sonoma, CAL FIRE, U.S. Forest Service, Fire Safe Councils, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, and NOAA/National Marine Fisheries Service. 


Resources for Homeowners and Landowners

Fire Recovery: Helpful Information for All Properties


After the Fire: Preparing Your Property for Winter NRCS BMPs
After the Fire: Other Helpful Resources to Protect Your Property


Local Native Grass Seed Sources and Erosion Control Supplies Contacts List
After the Fire: Forests and Oak Woodlands (all NRCS, UCCE, Cal Fire sources)
After the Fire: Funding and Assistance Programs