The Kenwood Press
News: 11/01/2018

Bouverie to benefit from huge fire ecology grant

Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR) has received a $660,000 grant from the Farley Family Charitable Foundation to rehabilitate the North Bay’s relationship with prescribed fire, lower the risks of future wildfire, and restore the ecology of the region. ACR operates Bouverie Preserve in Glen Ellen.

The Farley Family Charitable Foundation has awarded the funds to ACR over the next two years to develop its Fire Forward initiative into a vital resource in practicing land management techniques that allow the community to live with fire rather than suffer catastrophic losses, as were experienced by so many in the region one year ago.

Tim Farley, son of the foundation’s founders Jim and Nancy Farley of Chicago, watched the Nuns Fire lap very close to his property, nearly destroying all he had. “This was a wake-up call to me and the entire community,” said Tim. “My family foundation has a clear interest in supporting science and the environment, and I realized that ACR’s Fire Forward program would be an excellent partner in creating practical approaches toward protecting ourselves and the region. We hope that this gift will encourage others to support ACR’s leadership on this community-wide effort.”

John Petersen, ACR’s executive director, said the gift is “transformational” and, “accelerates our ability as a community to tackle the central issues surrounding fire and the tending of our private and public lands.”

Fire Forward envisions a future of fire-adapted landscapes and fire-adapted communities in the North Bay. Fire Forward works in partnership with residents, conservation organizations, land managers, fire professionals, and tribal representatives to conduct ecological burning and vegetation management. Using ACR’s Bouverie Preserve as a living laboratory, Fire Forward will host community workshops on fire management best practices.

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