Friends of the Mark West Watershed  

FMWW's Mission: 
We are a community dedicated to preserving, protecting, and restoring the Mark West Creek and its watershed as a natural and community resource.


Hillside view of upper Mark West Watershed

FMWW Achievements and Milestones

The FMWW is active in the watershed community with
ongoing partnership projects, including:

• With the Sotoyome Resource Conservation District and
the Department of Fish and Game, a $600,000 private
road sediment reduction project involving more than
70 different land owners. RCD and FMWW received
Environmental Achievement Awards from Congressman
Mike Thompson for the project.

• With the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation
and Open Space District, established and operate the
Saddle Mountain “trail-watchers” volunteers program.
Trail watchers regularly hike the mountain, report what
they see and work closely with Open Space as interim
stewards of this valuable resource.

• With the Rincon Valley Fire Department, hosted
Urban/Wildlands Interface Fire Response training drills
for more than 50 engine companies on private properties
in the watershed.

• Helped in hosting a UC Extension Forest
Stewardship Workshop.

• With Sonoma County Public Works and Waste Management
Company, conducted our annual creek clean-up event.

• With the Sotoyome RCD, and trained Creek Keepers, established
and maintained upper Mark West Creek water monitoring

• We host the annual ‘Hike & Hoot’ event where naturalists, geologists and birders share their
knowledge in hands on hiking and exploration of the watershed.

• With watershed community volunteers and our own professional
equipment, we hosted an annual event to eradicate invasive
species such as scotch broom on private and public land which
serves to improve and preserve the riparian corridors and aids in
replanting native species.

• FMWW is available to residents for assistance in watershed
restoration preservation projects. Watershed volunteers have
assisted in large animal relocation away from the waterways,
constructed manure holding pens, improved drainage systems,
installed waddles and hay bales to prevent erosion and run
off into the creek. FMWW regularly advises residents as to
best management practices in the application of ‘fish friendly

• In partnership with Rincon Valley Fire Dept. and Alpine Club,
FMWW has developed an Emergency Preparedness Committee.

If you are interested in participating in any of these projects please
email Harriet.


Friends of the Mark West Watershed • 6985 Saint Helena Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Email • Tel: 707-538-5307 • Fax: 707-595-5322

Friends of the Mark West Watershed is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Your contribution is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
FMWW’s Federal ID number is  81-2838263.

The views expressed on this website reflect those of the submitting writer(s).
They do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the Friends of the Mark West Watershed or its members.
The FMWW does not warrant or assume legal liability or responsibility for
the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information disclosed.
FMWW encourages any and all community members and interested persons to attend
our monthly meetings to discuss these watershed issues.