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Recovery fund for Hood Mt. Regional Park

Hood Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve has once again been damaged by a destructive wildfire. The Glass Fire roared through the 2,000-acre wilderness park the night of Sept. 27, burning across the mountain and down Los Alamos Road about 15 hours after the fire began in Napa County. Unlike the 2017 Nuns Fire, the Glass Fire ultimately burned areas throughout the entire park.

The Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation has started a Fire Recovery and Resilience Fund that will help Hood Mountain and other fire-damaged Regional Parks come back from this destruction.

Regional Parks managers have begun to prioritize recovery efforts for the Glass Fire. As the rainy season approaches, erosion control will be a pressing issue. Much of the landscape will recover naturally.

Typically, park infrastructure requires the most significant reinvestment – wooden footbridges, retaining walls, plastic culverts, etc.

Regional Parks is establishing itself as a leader in “climate adaptive” park construction.

Hood Mountain was scheduled to experience capital improvements prior to the Glass Fire, including four new restrooms funded through Measure M. Park planners now will build those restrooms with an eye towards fire resilience, such as water catchment and fire tool storage. Measure M funds will be augmented with Parks Foundation support to build a restroom that not only survives wild or prescribed fires, but also supports firefighting efforts.

Rather than simply replacing park infrastructure using materials that easily burn, park managers are choosing to reconstruct with materials that are fire resilient, creating climate adaptive features like stone retaining walls and metal bridges.

If you can help this fundraising campaign, go to www.sonomacountyparksfoundation.org.

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