How Wild Animals Cope with Wildfire

Some Species Fare Well, Some Don’t—but Overall, Populations Appear to Rebound Humans fled by the tens of thousands in Sonoma and Napa counties this summer as the Glass Fire bore down on their communities. But other species’ homes and communities were threatened too,...

Red Barn Remembrance

‘It served as habitat for our feathered and furry friends, a cool refuge for hikers on hot or rainy days, and a picturesque backdrop for the occasional photographer’ Venerable barns are special places, Breck Parkman says, with special meanings for those who know them....

SEC’s Sugarloaf Operators Reassess Following Glass Fire

With Red Barn Gone and Revenues Down, Valley’s Beloved State Park Must Regrow and Rebuild Park operators from Sonoma Ecology Center are still taking stock of the damage at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park following the Glass Fire. And even though an estimated three-quarters...

Glass Fire Frays Nerves, Blankets Valley in Smoke

Dear Friends, We’re now on day five of the Glass Fire, which began in the early morning of Sunday, Sept. 27 and has since grown to more than 60,000 acres across Napa and Sonoma counties, jumping valleys and firebreaks, destroying hundreds of homes and businesses, and...

How to Fight Wildfires Before They Start

Forestland Tended by Sonoma Ecology Center Is Helping to Protect Pacific Union College With smoke filling the skies around California, and wildfires burning out of control in Sonoma and Napa counties, Jason Mills is more convinced than ever that the restoration...

Local Experts Give Fire-Smart Landscaping Advice in Upcoming Workshop

The Grove Street Fire Safe Council, a tax-exempt Sonoma Valley organization dedicated to mitigating wildfire risk, will co-sponsor an online workshop later this month on how to create landscapes that are beautiful, sustainable and fire-smart. The free workshop,...