UPDATE - February 26, 2018
Nature gives our education and stewardship teams a boost as they ready to welcome schoolchildren back on the land.
February brought a welcome sight as the demolition crew trained their massive machines on the infrastructure debris from the Nuns Fire. Meanwhile, back on the trails, banana slugs and other detrivores have been hard at work for months, clearing the slate for nature's rejuvenation. And rejuvenate it has; milkmaids, shooting stars, Fremont's death camas (common star lily), common blennosperma, wood anemone, meadowfoam, and miner’s lettuce are just a few of the wildflowers waving to our crew as they restore sections of trail or pick future lunch spots for the kids.
The kids are at the top of the list of "Reasons Why" 31 docent trainees weathered the post-fire uncertainty to complete their extensive training and be ready to lead 3rd and 4th grade classes on the trail starting in late-March. 26 of our docent community also completed capstone projects to earn their California Naturalist certification.
Although access to the Preserve is still exclusively limited to staff, banana slugs and caterpillars, we have spotted a few elusive mountain lions on our newly installed trail cameras!
We are incredibly grateful to our community - YOU - for the well wishes, gifts-in-kind and donations to restore our programs. We look forward to announcing public walks in coming months.
Media coverage about the Nuns Fire on the Bouverie Preserve and ACR's Fire Ecology Program:
The Kenwood Press, 2/1/18: The Fire Next Time
The Press Democrat, 1/31/18: Nature-minded rally to support fire-damaged preserves
Huffington Post, 1/17/18: Sasha Berleman's Revolutionary Rx for Fire in California
Civil Eats, 1/4/18: Fire Ecology's Lessons for a More Resilient Future
Bay Nature, 1/2/18: There is No "No-Fire" Option in California
Mother Jones, 12/12/17: A Century of Fire Suppression Is Why California Is In Flames
High Country News, 12/11/17: What fire researchers learned from Northern California blazes
FEMA, 11/24/17: Bouverie Preserve infrastructure devastated by California wildfire
The Farmers Guild, 11/7/17: Fire-Resilient Land Management & Farm Recovery / VIDEO
KSVY, Sustainable Growing, 11/3/17: Fire Ecology, interview with Dr. Sasha Berleman
Bay Nature, 10/24/17: Ask a Naturalist: How Vulnerable Are Other Parts Of The Bay Area To Wildfires?
Bay Nature, 10/20/17: An Early Look at How the North Bay Fires Have Impacted Undeveloped Land in the Region
KWMR, Epicenter, 10/18/17: Interview with Dr. Sasha Berleman
The Mercury News, 10/14/17: Wine Country Fires
Press Democrat, 10/13/17: Remembering Sonoma County's priceless landmarks
Eater SF, 10/13/17: Historic M.F.K. Fisher Last House rescued during wine country fires
Bay Nature 10/12/17: Open Space Managers Wait to Survey Losses
Sonoma Index-Tribune, 10/12/17: Sonoma Parks
San Francisco Chronicle, 10/12/17: M.F.K. Fisher's Last House still standing, thanks to fire ecologist
Eater SF, 10/11/17: The North Bay's Farms are Burning
RT America video interview with Fire Ecologist Sasha Berleman, 10/10/17