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Sonoma County Vegetation Management project grant program

posted Apr 26, 2021, 11:34 AM by Michael Franceschi

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                        

DATE: April 23, 2021                                                                                
                                   

Sonoma County launches vegetation management project grant program

 

SANTA ROSA, CA – The County of Sonoma announced the opening of solicitation for its vegetation management grant program today, providing access to between $2-4 million for local fire prevention for the 2021 wildfire season for eligible applicants.

 

The funds are derived from the PG&E settlement awarded to the County as a result of the 2017 Sonoma Complex Fires lawsuit. In 2020, the Board of Supervisors voted to allocate $25 million of the $149 million settlement toward vegetation management activities.

 

“I am extremely excited that this grant program has opened for applications and will be able to address community needs for this upcoming fire season” Chair of the Board of Supervisors Lynda Hopkins said. “There are so many grassroots efforts led by motivated local individuals and groups, and this support will help them deliver important projects with tangible safety benefits.”

 

Those eligible to apply for the grants include nonprofit organizations, community organizations, local fire districts, communities with Community Wildfire Protection Plans in place, Resource Conservation Districts, licensed foresters, technical advisors and schools.

 

The goal of the grant program is to enable applicants to conduct high-priority, near-term vegetation management activities in high-risk areas and near key ecosystems. Some of the high-risk areas targeted by the grant program include: areas to the northeast of developed communities; defensible space within 100 feet of homes in densely populated areas that are oriented in a west and/or south direction and are within canyons that border the east and west of the populated area; areas that burned in recent fires or have high fire return interval; boundary areas between large public and private lands and dense developments; and areas surrounding primary evacuation routes and key infrastructure.

 

Some specific regions have also been identified as favorable for grant awards, including: Guerneville/Camp Meeker/Occidental area, Mark West and the Tubbs and Glass fires corridors, Lake Sonoma, Sonoma Valley (including Mayacama Ridge, Sonoma Mountain/Bennett Ridge, and adjoining communities) and the Timber Cove/Sea Ranch area to Cazadero.

 

For more detailed information about the grant program and its application process, visit the Sonoma County Ag + Open Space website.

 

Grant applications must be received by Sunday, May 16, 2021 at 5 p.m.

 

The County will be holding an informational virtual workshop for eligible applicants on Thursday, April 29 from 5 - 6:30 p.m. Attendees may join the webinar here with passcode 544139.

 

 

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Media Contact:

Amy Ricard, Community Relations Specialist
Sonoma County Ag + Open Space
amy.ricard@sonoma-county.org

707/486.5064

 

Forestville Fire Consolidation FAQ

posted Mar 26, 2021, 2:24 PM by Michael Franceschi   [ updated Apr 1, 2021, 11:08 AM ]

FORESTVILLE FIRE CONSOLIDATION WITH THE SONOMA COUNTY FIRE DISTRICT
Consolidation with the Sonoma County Fire District is a great opportunity for Forestville residents to obtain an increased level of service without meaningful increases in taxes for the average resident.

Some points to consider:

-- Forestville station will immediately get a Firefighter/Paramedic position added to the first-out engine. This is something that we have never had, and would not be able to support without consolidation. This would allow us to provide Advanced Life Support services to patients while we are waiting for the closest ambulance to arrive.

-- Forestville Fire Station will NOT be eliminated.

-- With the escalating threat of wildfires each year, the additional resources that the District would have immediate access to could be life and property saving.

-- Your Forestville Firefighters, Chief and Board of Directors FULLY support this consolidation.

Please look at the attached documents for more information. We are here to answer any questions you may have, comment here, private message us or call us at the station on (707) 887-2212.



Notice of Public Protest Hearing

Published:  March 15, 2021

 

Notice is hereby given by the Sonoma Local Agency Formation Commission that the Commission will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at or after 2:00 p.m., via video conference. 

The purpose of the hearing is for the Commission to receive written protests filed against the following item:

File No. 2021-01: Sonoma County Fire District Reorganization No. 2021-01 (Forestville Fire Protection District) Involving Dissolution of the Forestville Fire Protection District and Annexation of That Same Territory to the Sonoma County Fire District

The proposal was initiated by resolution of the boards of directors of the Sonoma County Fire District and the Forestville Fire Protection District. 

The affected territory includes all territory within the Forestville Fire Protection District, including the communities of Forestville, Mirabel Park, Rio Dell, Hollydale, Hacienda, and Summerhome Park. All territory is located in West Sonoma County. A map of the affected territory is available on the Sonoma LAFCO website at:

http://sonomalafco.org/News/Notices/Attachments/ForestvilleLAFCOFDMap/

The reason for the reorganization is to achieve greater economy and efficiency in providing fire protection and emergency medical services for the residents of and visitors to the district.

Owners of property annexed to the Sonoma County Fire District would be subject to parcel taxes currently in place for the District, which are higher than parcel taxes that Forestville levied. For further information or questions about specific parcels or parcel tax rates, please contact the Sonoma County Fire District at (707) 838-1170. 

The Commission approved the reorganization on March 3, 2021, by Resolution No. 2734, which sets forth a full and complete description and the terms and conditions of the Commission’s approval. The Commission found the proposal exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), pursuant to Sections 15061(b)(3) and 15320 of the State CEQA Guidelines.

HOW TO FILE A PROTEST 

Any registered voter residing within, or owner of land within, the territory proposed to be annexed to the Sonoma County Fire District may file an official protest. All protests must be made in writing and must be received during the official protest period, which begins as of the date of this notice and ends on May 5, 2021, at the close of the protest hearing. 

Protests submitted by a registered voter must be signed, dated, and include the name of the voter and the voter’s residence address. Protests submitted by a landowner must be signed, dated, and include the name of the landowner, the street address of the land owned within the affected territory, and the Assessor’s Parcel Number or other description to identify the location of the land. 

If you are both a registered voter and landowner within the affected territory, you may file both types of protests. Protests are counted in the two categories for the purposes of evaluation. It is not necessary to state a reason for filing a protest. Anyone who has filed a protest may withdraw it at any time before the end of the May 5, 2021, hearing. If sufficient protests are filed within the protest period, confirmation of the reorganization may be placed before registered voters through an election, or the reorganization may be terminated. 

Protest forms can be accessed on the Sonoma LAFCO website, Here or at the LAFCO office. Use of a protest form is not required, but a protest must meet all of the requirements described in this notice. 

Written protests can be mailed to Sonoma LAFCO, 111 Santa Rosa Avenue, Suite 240, Santa Rosa, CA 95404. Protests cannot be accepted by fax or email. All protests must be received by Sonoma LAFCO by the conclusion of the protest hearing on May 5, 2021. Any protest that does not meet the conditions stated in this notice will be considered invalid.

Copies of all related documents are on file and may be reviewed at the office of the Sonoma Local Agency Formation Commission. For questions, call Sonoma LAFCO: (707) 565-2577. 

By: Mark Bramfitt, Executive Officer                                                     Date:  March 15, 2021

PUBLIC NOTICE

posted Aug 24, 2020, 5:22 PM by Dave Franceschi

Pursuant to section 13890 of the Health and Safety Code, the Board of Directors of the Forestville Fire Protection District has adopted a preliminary budget for the 2020/2021 fiscal year. The preliminary budget is available for inspection Monday through Friday during the hours of 8:00 a.m.  and 5:00 p.m. at the Forestville Fire Station, 6554 Mirabel Road, Forestville, CA. 95436.

The Board of Directors will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. at the Forestville Fire Protection District Fire Station, 6554 Mirabel Road, Forestville, CA. 95436. The Public Hearing will be held for the purpose of adopting the final budget for the 2020/2021 fiscal year and adopting the 2020/2021 Appropriations Limit (Prop. 4) as part of the 2020/2021 Fiscal Budget Package. Any person may appear and be heard regarding any item on the budget, or the Appropriations Limit, or the addition of any other items.

Public Notice

posted Aug 21, 2018, 2:20 PM by Text Account   [ updated Aug 24, 2020, 4:17 PM by Dave Franceschi ]

Pursuant to Section 13890 of the Health and Safety Code, the Board of Directors of the Forestville Fire Protection District has adopted a preliminary budget for the 2018/2019 fiscal year. The preliminary budget is available for inspection Monday through Friday during the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at the Forestville Fire Station, 6554 Mirabel Road, Forestville, CA 95436.

 

The Board of Directors will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. at the Forestville Fire Protection District Fire Station, 6554 Mirabel Road, Forestville, CA 95436. The Public Hearing will be held for the purpose of adopting the final budget for the 2018/2019 fiscal year and adopting the 2018/2019 Appropriations Limit (Prop. 4) as part of the 2018/2019 Fiscal Budget Package. Any person may appear and be heard regarding any item on the budget, or the Appropriations Limit, or the addition of any other items.

FORESTVILLE RESIDENTS! Scam Alert!

posted Aug 15, 2018, 10:53 AM by Text Account

FORESTVILLE RESIDENTS! Scam Alert! Please be advised that members of our community have received these requests for donations. These are not from the Forestville Fire Protection District! We do not receive any donations made to the Volunteer Firefighter Alliance.

The Forestville Firefighters Association did just send out a mailer for our annual raffle and those donations do go to our organization. Please be aware of this scam!




CAL FIRE Suspends Burn Permits

posted Jun 25, 2018, 11:08 AM by Michael Franceschi

CAL FIRE Suspends Burn Permits 

St. Helena– After another wet winter, warming temperatures and winds are quickly drying out the abundant annual grass crop. The increasing fire danger posed by the high volume of dead grass and hotter, drier conditions in the region is prompting CAL FIRE and Marin County Fire Department to suspend all burn permits for outdoor residential burning within the State Responsibility Area of Sonoma, Lake, Napa, Solano, Yolo, Colusa, and Marin Counties. This suspension takes effect June 18th, 2018 and bans all residential outdoor burning of landscape debris such as branches and leaves. 

“This year is turning out to be just as volatile as last year. The public cannot let their guard down and must continue to be involved in preparation efforts for the upcoming wildfires,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, CAL FIRE director. “Again, this year the abundant dead grass will only serve as a fuse to the heavier vegetation still suffering the lasting effects of over five years of drought.” 

CAL FIRE Sonoma Lake Napa Unit Chief Shana Jones would like to remind residents “to avoid mowing on hot and dry days”. Mow early in the morning when the humidity is higher and the temperatures are cooler. 

 “FIRE DEFENSE IS SELF DEFENSE, GET READY, WE ARE” 

Since January 1, 2018 CAL FIRE and firefighters across the state have already responded to over 1,860 wildfires. While outdoor burning of landscape debris by homeowners is no longer allowed, CAL FIRE is asking residents to take that extra time to ensure that they are prepared for wildfires by maintaining a minimum of 100 feet of Defensible Space around every home and building on their property and being prepared to evacuate if the time comes. 

Here are some tips to help prepare homes and property: 

•Clear all dead and or dying vegetation 100 feet from around all structures.
•Landscape with fire resistant plants and non-flammable ground cover. 
•Find alternative ways to dispose of landscape debris like chipping or hauling it to a biomass energy or green waste facility 

The department may issue restricted temporary burning permits if there is an essential reason due to public health and safety. Agriculture, land management, fire training, and other industrial-type burning may proceed if a CAL FIRE official inspects the burn site and issues a special permit. 
The suspension of burn permits for residential landscape debris does not apply to campfires within organized campgrounds or on private property. Campfires may be permitted if the campfire is maintained in such a manner as to prevent its spread to the wildland. A campfire permit can be obtained at local fire stations or online at www.PreventWildfireCA.org. 

 For additional information on how to create Defensible Space, on how to be prepared for wildfires, as well as tips to prevent wildfires, visit www.ReadyForWildfire.org. 

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67th Annual Fundraiser September 4th, 2017

posted Jun 5, 2017, 3:49 PM by Michael Franceschi   [ updated Aug 14, 2017, 2:40 PM by Dave Franceschi ]

It's not too late to get your 67th Annual Fundraiser tickets. If those tickets and information didn't reach you by mail, don't fret, you are welcome to stop by the fire station to get them. The tickets are $5 each or 6 tickets for $25. You need not be present to win, the proceeds enable the Firefighter's Association to purchase additional fire equipment throughout the year. We appreciate and thank you for your support.

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