Local organizations have been working together to educate and prepare Napa Valley residents
In the wake of the California wildfires, Napa Valley, Ca., residents have been taking steps to prepare their land for winter and the inevitable erosion that comes with it. Local organizations have provided free preventative and educational erosion control services to the community this year, such as the first Erosion Control Community Fair and free erosion control educational workshops.
On Nov. 29, the Napa Valley Grapegrowers in collaboration with county offices held the first Erosion Control Community Fair in Napa Valley. Free erosion control supplies such as straw wattles, seed mixes and tarps were donated by local companies; free advice was offered by the county’s Commissioner Office, Planning Department and Resource Conservation District.
An additional free service provided to Napa Valley residents was a series of free erosion control educational workshops hosted by the Napa County Resource Conservation District in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. A series of three seminars covered fire-adapted ecosystems, potential concerns and strategies to manage erosion in a post-wildfire landscape.
Moving into the rainy season, landowners are working to protect the land through strategies such as planting wildflowers and installing wattles, armed with their new knowledge thanks to the expertise of local erosion experts.