Sonoma County Parks Response and Recovery

 

Dear Friends of Sonoma County Regional Parks and Parks Foundation Donors,

We acknowledge and appreciate the outpouring of caring and support we continue to receive from people concerned about the condition of our parks in the aftermath of the October 2017 wildfires. Thank you to the hundreds of donors who, together, have helped raise over $100,000 specifically for parks wildfire recovery.

While the first priority of all responding agencies will continue to be the safety, health, and comfort of our neighbors who lost loved ones, lost their homes, or have been otherwise impacted, we understand that tending to our beloved parks is also a critical aspect of our local recovery. With your help, the Parks Foundation will be a key partner with Sonoma County Regional Parks as it undertakes restoration work on several fronts.

After thorough damage assessment, Regional Parks has identified approximately $240,000 in needs in our five most impacted parks. To help with these efforts, click the button below and select “Parks Recovery Fund.” All donations are fully tax deductible.

*NEW* May 2018 update on identified fire recovery needs (click image below)

Additional background resources

Read Regional Parks’ October 31, 2017 staff report on fire damage to six parks and view photo gallery.
Read The Press Democrat’s “Fire Damage to Sonoma County Parks ranges from severe to untouched” (11/3/2017).
Read the Parks Foundation’s e-news updates of November 25 and December 27, 2017.

The fires were not yet contained on October 19, 2017 when the first communication from Regional Parks Director Bert Whitaker was composed and sent to our Regional Parks community. His message (below) provides insight into the ways Regional Parks staff assisted with evacuation and rescue efforts, and also into the important role our park lands played in protecting neighborhoods.