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Reminder: Leadership Meeting 

Our next meeting is Monday 11/16 @3:30-5PM

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Agenda items include our first Focus on a COPE Community. Dyan Urban from the Soda Rockers will talk about her community, what they have been up to and what challenges they face. You might have similar experiences or have some advice to share, I'm sure she would like to hear from you!

John Mills is working on some interesting projects that involve improving cell communications and fire detection. He is a skilled engineer from the tech world who has some innovative ideas he would like to share with you.

And more!

NOTE: All of our meetings will be automatically recorded from now on!

Events and Info
Please invite your residents and leaders!
Here is another great opportunity to learn about defensible space from people who understand plants and love them. The UC Cooperative Extension is conducting a webinar just for us! The webinar will be Saturday November 21st from 10:00am - Noon. 
Resilient Landscaping: Sustainable, Biodiverse Gardening in the Defensible Space Zone
Come learn how to create and maintain a fire-wise, sustainable garden that supports biodiversity while meeting County code requirements. We can help you with plant selection, placement and maintenance, to preserve and even add to wildlife habitat, while taking keeping your property and neighborhood fire-wise and sustainable.
In this 2-hour workshop we will offer:
Recommendations for fire-wise landscaping in the 0-5', 5-30' and 30-100' defensible space zones, with specific plant and design suggestions
  • Practical ways to reconcile sometimes conflicting guidelines, so you can have a biodiverse, energy-saving, water- and fire-wise landscape 
  • A practical understanding of what it means to be sustainable in an ever-changing California climate
  • Resources for how to move forward with your landscape and community
Workshop creators and presenters include:
Mimi Enright: Program Manager, UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program of Sonoma County
April Owens: Executive Director of the Habitat Corridor Project; Horticulture Chairperson, California Native Plant Society - Milo Baker Chapter
Ellie Insley: Landscape Architect, Natural Habitat Restoration Specialist, Board of Directors Sonoma Ecology Center
To participate in this free webinar, register here.

Property damaged in the Walbridge Fire?
Attached is a flyer from Community Soil Foundation regarding the site assessment and action plan that they offer as a free service to landowners affected by the Walbridge Fire.
Home Insurance Moratorium
You've probably already heard that California's Department of Insurance has again instituted a moratorium on Homeowners' Insurance cancellations and non-renewals for communities affected by the recent wildfires. Most of us qualified due to both the Lightening Complex and the Glass fires. Here's the memorandum describing the action. And this right here is a web page describing how and why the original moratorium was put in place including a link to the public hearing near the bottom.

Report Back from Priscilla 
I attended the first in a series of workshops by the Range Management Advisory Committee and the California Fire Science Consortium workshop series: Using Grazing to Help Keep Communities Safe. On November 5th I attended Wildland Fuels: A Primer for Concerned Citizens & Grazers. See the picture above that I took from the powerpoint presentation comparing grazed vs non-grazed land after a fire. It's pretty impressive info, this city girl learned a lot! I look forward to learning more next week.

Two more workshops on Thursdays in November are from 10AM-12PM followed by an optional virtual networking hour where participants can engage with each other and ask questions.
November 12:
Using Grazing for Fuels Management 101: Practices & Strategies
November 19:
Organizing Community-Based Wildland Fuels Management Projects: Approaches and Examples
Additional meeting materials are on the Workshop Webpage and recordings will also be available afterwards on the Range Management Advisory Committee’s Webpage.

The quilts generously donated by the Moonlight Quilters of Sonoma County, Susan Sloan and the Abercrombies have been distributed. If you learn of more folks who would enjoy a quilt please let me know. We would love to give one to everyone who has lost a home or been affected by the fire. 
If you are so moved to donate to the guild here is their address: Moonlight Quilters of Sonoma County, PO Box 6818, Santa Rosa, CA 95406-6818.

Take Some Time
Our dog Reggie knows how to relax. Most of our dogs and cats do. Perhaps we have something to learn from them about resting our heavy heads in a cushy chair and enjoying nature. Take some time to replenish yourself preferably in nature, after this stressful fire season.
Stay warm and hopeful, Priscilla
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