Fire fuels reduction at Jack London
A major push is underway this month to reduce fire fuels in Jack London State Historic Park. This multi-agency collaboration focuses on thinning and clearing dangerous ladder fuels in the historic groves of Eucalyptus trees planted by Jack London when he called Sonoma Mountain his home.
Staff and volunteers from California State Parks and Jack London Park Partners, the non-profit operating the park in partnership with State Parks, are working alongside contracted forestry crews funded by CalFire, and a fire prevention grant awarded to the California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment – particularly in disadvantaged communities.
This winter’s clearing at Jack London State Historic Park, the first round of a multi-year effort, focuses on clearing fuels from the most critical areas of the park, near the historic buildings of Jack London’s Beauty Ranch, neighboring homes, and along key access routes. (It does not include control burning.) It is also the first step in a project underway to protect and restore portions of the Eucalyptus groves that Jack London planted, as they are important to his story, and the history of the ranch and Sonoma County as a whole.
“This is the perfect example of a multi-benefit project. The historical value of Jack London’s eucalyptus groves can be preserved while mitigating the fire hazard of all the ladder fuels in the groves,” said Kate Green, a California State Parks Associate Archaeologist.