On June 11, Greenbelt Alliance supporters gathered at Dagmar Dolby’s stunning home for our annual Sonoma Luncheon. Under a bright blue sky, our guests enjoyed a selection of local wines and a delicious sustainable farm-to-table lunch from the wonderful Stacy Scott Fine Catering Company. Guests then learned about our ongoing efforts to build wildfire resilience in Sonoma County while enjoying the views of the many greenbelt buffers aptly surrounding the event.
Every year we host this event for our Sonoma Leadership Council, a group of supporters in the North Bay who donate $1,000+ annually towards the work we do in the region. Our work would not be possible without our donors, and this is a great opportunity to thank them and help raise funds for ongoing projects in Sonoma County and beyond.
Donor Impact on Our Wildfire Work
At this year’s event, we raised over $100,000 to support our work in Sonoma County. These gifts came from many first-time donors who we are thrilled to welcome into our community, as well as many long-time friends of Greenbelt Alliance, whose ongoing support we cherish.
We know that wildfires are here to stay and that we all have a role to play in protecting and stewarding California’s vibrant wildlands and communities. At Greenbelt Alliance, we are modeling community-based wildfire adaptation planning by conducting research on social vulnerability, by advocating for sustainable land-use policy decisions, and most importantly, by building relationships with community stakeholders. We deeply appreciate our donors for standing with us to advance this critical work in Sonoma County.
We’d also like to thank Fred Euphrat, Adjunct Professor of Forestry at Santa Rosa Junior College, Blanca Escobedo, our North Bay Resilience Manager, and Sarah Cardona, our Deputy Director, for facilitating an excellent conversation about how we plan to reach our wildfire resilience goals.
Last year, Greenbelt Alliance published original research identifying four types of greenbelts that play a role in reducing the loss of lives and homes in extreme wildfire events, while increasing overall resilience in communities and across landscapes. Today, we’re applying what we’ve learned to accelerate greenbelts as wildfire solutions in Sonoma County and across the region and state.
To learn more and access our breakthrough findings on the Critical Role of Greenbelts in Wildfire Resilience, click here. On Wednesday, June 22, we will be hosting a webinar with fire experts from Sonoma County to discuss strategies for restoring fire-adapted native lands. Click here to sign up.
If you would like to donate toward our critical work or join our Sonoma Leadership Council, click here. Thank you again to our wonderful supporters for helping us work to build a more climate-resilient Bay Area!