Weekly News Round Up (April 14, 2023)

Napa Valley Vintners Gives $2.1 Million for Wildfire Resiliency

Napa Valley Vintners – 4/12/23

NVV is the largest private donor supporting Napa County’s Community Wildfire Protection Plan. Money gifted came through the Collective Napa Valley fall 2022 fundraising campaign with 100% raised going to the effort. 

The grant brings together multiple agencies and organizations all cooperating on implementation. Grantee recipients are The Napa Communities Firewise Foundation (Napa Firewise) and Napa County Resource Conservation District (RCD). Together they are collaborating with local and state government offices such as Napa County Fire Department, CAL FIRE and other nonprofits like Napa County Land Trust and Napa County Regional Park and Open Space District to complete the work.

Money will be used to:

  • Re-establish or create up to 100 miles of strategic fire roads and fire breaks throughout the county
  • Establish up to 300 acres of native habitat to reduce wildfire risk and maximize ecological benefits 
  • Provide resources and education for 400 landowners and residents on forest health and wildfire resilience

Napa Firewise helps make homes safer from wildfires

St. Helena Star – 4/11/23

Recognizing the urgency and ongoing need to lower wildfire risk throughout Napa County, the nonprofit Napa Communities Firewise Foundation, also known as Napa Firewise, has created two effective programs specifically designed to help residents reduce the threat and impacts of wildfires and to increase public safety.

The Defensible Space Cost Share and the Reflect to Protect Address Sign programs are relaunching in April for a limited time with grant funds from Cal Fire and the California Fire Safe Council. Residents can apply to participate in these programs at the Napa Firewise website (napafirewise.org).

“Take advantage today and apply for Napa Firewise’s Defensible Space Cost Share and Reflective Sign programs,” said JC Greenberg, Cal Fire/Napa County Fire Sonoma-Lake-Napa Battalion Chief and Napa Firewise boardmember. “We’re all in this fight together to make Napa County safer and more wildfire-resilient.”