FMWW has ongoing partnership projects in the watershed, including:
• With the Sotoyome Resource Conservation District (currently the Sonoma RCD) 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. Currently, FMWW, our UMWFSC, and the Alpine Club have each adopted 2-mile stretches of road which we clean up twice a year.