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After the Fire – RCD and NRCS Can Help

From Leigh Sharp, Executive Director, Napa RCD In the wake of recent fires in Napa County, our thoughts go out to those affected, especially those directly impacted by the loss of a home, a business, or a loved one. Through the fires and in recent weeks, the outpouring of community concern and interest in contributing to post-fire recovery is awe-inspiring and a true testament to how our community and our region can come together to care for one another and our environment. In the past week, efforts have shifted from first response to long-term recovery. Coordinated efforts are underway to evaluate the impacts of the wildfires and to develop a post-fire recovery strategy. Watershed Emergency Response Teams (WERTs) have been assembled by Cal Fire to conduct rapid assessments of the fire incident areas to identify erosion prone areas that could pose a threat to life and developed property. These WERT assessments will provide an initial assessment of recommended actions to protect life and infrastructure. The RCD is participating in a Post-Fire Watershed Recovery Working Group comprised of local and regional agencies and organizations to coordinate actions and communication, to identify the breadth of resources available for recovery, to avoid redundancy in services, and to identify gaps in services. Through recovery, RCD’s objective is to coordinate our efforts and services with those offered by other agencies and organizations and provide the best overall support possible to our community. To that end, RCD, along with our local and regional partners, has already begun to evaluate the potential short- and long-term impacts of burned areas on our watersheds, to compile resources to...

Post-Fire – Resources for Managing your Land

RCD and NRCS are here to help RCD is working closely with our partner,  Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), to provide the following services: Site visits and planning services for landowners and managers about concerns related to potential erosion, stream impediments, etc. Connect agricultural landowners with potential funding resources   Coordinate a growing interest in re-oaking Napa County Provide Facts Sheets and Resources For assistance, contact the RCD via Leigh Sharp or the NRCS via Jennifer Walser. Read the full letter from Leigh Sharp, Napa RCD Executive Director   FACT SHEETS & RESOURCES Step 1 to Fire Recovery — Helpful Information for All Properties Dos and Don’ts (pdf) Post Fire Top Ten Things to Consider (pdf) After the Fire – Preparing for Winter Preparing for Winter (pdf) Preparing for Winter in Vineyards, Orchards, Rangelands (pdf) Preparing Unpaved Roads (pdf) Straw Wattle – Typical Drawing (pdf) Tips for Mulching (pdf) Protecting Bare/Distrurbed Soils and Slopes (pdf) Straw Wattles Straw Wattle – Typical Drawing (pdf) Video: How to Install Fiber Rolls – 7 minutes To Seed or Not to Seed Some Notes about Seeding Grasses following Wildfire (pdf) Mulch Done Well: An Alternative to Seeding (pdf) Erosion Control Vendors and Local Native Plant Seed Sources: Erosion Control Vendors (pdf) Hedgerow Farms – Winters LeBallisters – Santa Rosa Harmony Farm Supply – Sebastapol Larner Seeds – Bolinas After the Fire – Forests and Oak Woodlands Burned Oaks – Which Will Survive? (pdf) Recovering from Wildfire – Forest and Woodland (pdf) Fire Restoration Forestland & Woodland (pdf) Survival of Fire Injured Conifers in California (pdf) Hazard Tree Removal (pdf)     RCD and NRCS are here to help RCD is...

Attention Grapegrowers: Soil Health Survey

RCDs Need Input From Grape Growers  Please take this Soil Health SURVEY  by August 7 to tell RCDs: What types of soil health practices are you doing? (e.g. cover crop, compost application) What types of soil health practices do you want to do, but can’t for one reason or another? What types of soil health practices are you curious to learn more about? The SURVEY should take 20-30 minutes. We know your time is precious. We ask for it so that we can tailor our work to your needs. Survey is First Step in Soil Health Project For vineyards in the North Coast region of CA, what does soil health mean? Napa RCD, along with RCDs, NRCS, and others across the region, are in the early stages of a grant-funded project to generate discussion, demos, and science on soil health/soil carbon as it relates to vineyards in our region.  In the next year, Napa RCD will be setting up 3 soil health demo sites in Napa Valley, hosting workshops, and offering free soil health assessments to grower. Stay posted on these efforts via the new North Coast Soil Health Hub website. Thank you for your time!   Contact Frances if you have...

New Website for Grape Growers: SoilHub.org

SoilHub.org is a new platform on which grape growers may share, discuss, and ask questions about your regional and crop specific needs.  SoilHub.org allows sharing of findings on soil health practices that are imperative to farm and landscape health, climate resilience, water efficiency, and long-term sustainability. The Hub is starting with the vineyard industry and will include other agricultural industries over...
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