Thanks to all of you who joined our most recent webinar highlighting the role that greenbelts and smart growth played in the Kincade Fire. We learned so much from our guests, Town of Windsor Councilperson Deb Fudge and Deputy Fire Chief Matt Gustafson of the Sonoma County Fire Protection District. We don’t want you to
In order to protect people and preserve open spaces and natural resources, we must implement innovative land-use policies and collaborate at the state, regional, and local levels to change our relationship to wildfire. So we are documenting the critical role that different types of open spaces can play in wildfire prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery.
Greenbelt Alliance is doing this by…
Conducting original research on how the natural environment around us can play a significant role as nature-based solutions to climate risks like wildfire. Specifically, protected greenbelts and open spaces are growing in importance as a wildfire resiliency tool with multiple benefits and applications in fire-prone areas across the US. Such research is particularly relevant now after the devastating human and ecological impacts from wildfires over the past few years across the Bay Area and will serve to generate lessons learned for California as well as other states.
Putting our findings and recommendations into action in ongoing regional planning—making the case and directive for what is needed to use greenbelts as land-use policy tools in wildfire planning, prevention, and long-term resilience planning.
outcomes of this work
An interview with expert Van Butsic of UC Berkeley The devastating, record-level wildfires that have scorched more than 3 million acres across California serve as a stark wake-up call for residents of the Golden State to learn to coexist with fire. These blazes and the resulting social, ecological, and economic damages are on track to