Dear ACR Community,

UPDATE - 10/13/17: I wish to update you on the state of the Sonoma County fires. At this writing, Modini Mayacamas Preserves is in danger and we wait anxiously for a positive outcome.

Unfortunately, I can't say the same for the Bouverie Preserve in Glen Ellen. Monday afternoon both ACR Fire Ecologist Sasha Berleman and Bouverie Resource Ecologist Jennifer Potts, as certified firefighters, were allowed by CalFire to pass the blockades, enter the Preserve and assess the condition. All of the structures with the exception of M.F. K. Fisher's Last House and David Bouverie's historic main house were consumed by the fire. This is a terrible tragedy, and we are still trying to assess the consequences. We are grateful to report that ACR staff are all safe.

First and foremost, our thoughts are with all of you. Our donors, volunteers and staff have been directly impacted, and we will do whatever we can as individuals and as an organization to help in your recovery. We are connecting with many folks on our social media pages, and we hold out hope for the best outcome for all of you.

Initial visual assessment of the Preserve from Sasha has much to keep us buoyed: many deer, a wide range of birds and even voles were sighted. Although some areas were burned at high-severity, many areas, including the acres that had undergone a controlled burn in May, burned at low-severity, and look to not be catastrophic, ecologically. This preliminary vision offers us a launching point for building and maintaining a fire resilient landscape in the future.

Our team is working diligently on both immediate crisis management and long-term rebuilding. Until further notice, all programs and public access to Bouverie Preserve are suspended. Please know that Martin Griffin and Cypress Grove preserves are fine. We are working to re-establish communications and relocate staff offices as soon as possible. 

Thank you all for the outpouring of support. ACR is not only a network of natural habitats but also a community of incredible people. Your support will enable ACR to protect and preserve the land, water, plant and animal life that makes our region so special.

Many of you have asked how you can support ACR. If you are looking for a way to help, ACR has launched a secure page where you can offer your financial support. 

This remains a fluid situation, and we will keep you updated on this page, as well as on ACR's Facebook page as information becomes available.

In community,

John Petersen
Executive Director

 

10/13/17: Media coverage for more information:

Sonoma Index-Tribune: Sonoma Parks

RT America video interview with Fire Ecologist Sasha Berleman