FMWW has ongoing partnership projects in the watershed, including:
• With the Sotoyome Resource Conservation District and the Department of Fish and Game, aiding in the community participation of 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.
• In partnership with Rincon Valley Fire Dept. and Alpine Club, FMWW developed an Emergency Preparedness Committee, using an automated phone“broadcasting”system to alert participants during emergencies such as wildfires, landslides, earthquakes, etc.
• Cohosted a UC Extension Forest Stewardship Workshop.
• For nearly a decade, we cleaned up the creek and roads — with help from the Alpine Club and Sonoma County Public Works. This event includes the on-going eradication of invasive species, such as scotch broom, reducing fire hazard, aiding in the re-establishment of native species, and improving the riparian corridors.
• With the Sotoyome RCD, and trained Creek Keepers, established and maintained upper Mark West Creek water monitoring programs.
• With its Campaign Committee, raised and donated $5,500 to the Measure F (Open Space funding) campaign. Volunteers walked precincts and manned the telephone bank in support of reauthorizing the Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District for another 20 years.