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Fire Recovery For Landowners 

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Our hearts are aching to have to be updating this page. It's been less than 2 years since the Camp Fire and now the Bear Fire has taken another town from us and many precious souls.  We will continue to update this page with resources for landowners to help their woodlands recover from fire.  Our hearts will never fully heal, but our land will.

First comes the fire, then comes the erosion, especially on loose granitic soils. But if you're handy with a chainsaw, contour-felling your dead trees can sometimes be your best and cheapest bet for erosion control. Put your # of dead trees and their diameter into this cool chart and find out how many cubic yards or TONS of soil they could be stopping! Download it:

Storage capacity reference for contour log felling by Peter Robichaud

Thanks U.S. Forest Service for including this chart in the Burned Area Emergency Response treatment guide (publication 0625 1801).


Over the coming years, Butte County RCD will be pursuing grants for landscape-level reforestation and oak restoration projects in and around the burned areas.  Our generation's task is to set the new forest up for success in the future climate of longer droughts, warmer wetter storms, and shorter fire intervals.  The new forest will be open, patchy, and diverse.  The new forest will also need to be adapted to regular, low-intensity fire. (To join a group of local landowners who want to get good fire on their lands, check out our Prescribed Burn Association.)



Straw wattles are a simple but effective way to stop sediment and toxic ash from flowing downhill!


If you own land in the fire footprint,  or even outside it, you can get free or low-cost help  planting new trees, doing erosion control, or re-introducing regular low-intensity fire to your land.   It can be confusing to sort through all the programs so we put together a guide for you. We'll update it as we learn of new programs.

Cheat Sheet to Federal, State, and Local Help for Landowners - Burned or Unburned Land


DIY resources for landowners....

First, download this great fire recovery handbook from the California Native Plant Society.

How to install wattles- printer-friendly download link for the guide below.How to tell if burned conifers will survive (article from CAL FIRE)How to tell if burned oaks will survive (article from UC Extension)UC guide for landowners on helping land renew itself after a fireGetting a handle on BROOM, an invasive plant that loves intense fires - and fuels them :(

Hope, one year later: Sonoma County landscapes return to life

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