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Wildfire Resilience Decision Support Framework

March 16, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

We will be having Molly Oshun from Sonoma Water, Deanne DiPietro from the Conservation Biology Institute, and Sashi Sabaratnam from the UCCE on the call to talk about Sonoma County’s Wildfire Resilience Decision Support Framework. It is a set of online tools and resources intended to support the planning and implementation of fuel management projects.

The Sonoma County Wildfire Resilience Decision Support Framework provides critical information at multiple scales to support strategic, ecologically-sensitive fuel management across the region. The Decision Support Framework is part of a county-wide coordinated initiative to prioritize actions and investments by Sonoma Water, University of California Cooperative Extension, the Community Wildfire Protection Plan, and Sonoma County’s Office of Climate Action & Resiliency.

Two online decision-support tools make up the Decision Support Framework:

The Wildfire Resilience Planner: Strategic Planning at the Landscape Scale

The Wildfire Resilience Planner is an online decision support tool that applies a wide range of data from Sonoma County and other sources to help prioritize locations where the reduction of fuels will best protect lives and property, community infrastructure, ecosystem services, and biodiversity. The tool will support collaborative planning of projects on public and private land, helping to leverage individual efforts for a unified and strategic approach to fuels reduction and vegetation management. This tool is available for testing and will be released in Spring 2023.

The Wildfire Fuel Mapper: Property-Specific Information for Fuels Management

The University of California Cooperative Extension, Pepperwood Preserve, and Tukman Geospatial have developed the Wildfire Fuel Mapper, a website that provides maps, information, and resources for designing and implementing projects to reduce wildland fuels. A detailed report with maps of vegetation, fuels, topography, and other characteristics of the land needed for project planning are available by parcel, which the user can access by choosing the parcel of interest. The Fuel Mapper also provides information about experts, specialists, and funding sources to support project implementation.