See Tim Wetzel’s Fire Recovery Time Lapse Video

Not long after the fires, Sonoma filmmaker Tim Wetzel of 9 Mile Productions came to us with an idea: he’d photograph various burned locations in Sonoma Valley, then return to those same spots over time and photograph them again to record how the land was healing. The...

Upload Your Fire Photos to Our Wildfire Story Map!

The wildfires that recently swept through the North Bay left behind ruined homes and charred landscapes, and researchers are now studying those fires to better understand how and why they burned the way they did. To support this effort, Sonoma Ecology Center announces...

Fire Walk Series Continues in Beauty

Burned areas are healing across the Valley, showing in colorful splendor the swift regeneration of our landscape – and giving us multiple opportunities to take the public on walkabouts that are both gorgeous and educational. Our ongoing Fire Recovery Walks will only...

Reasons for Cheer in the New Year

Bill Clinton once advised Americans to “Follow the trend lines, not the headlines.” We have always agreed with this approach (both locally and globally), and here at the start of 2018 one big, positive and very important trend line is readily apparent. Put simply,...

Rejuvenated by Fire

All around the Valley now, we’re seeing new sprouts from the branches and roots of fire-scarred oaks, madrones, toyons, and coyote brush. Grasses have transformed blackened ground to bright kelly green. (The photo above shows beargrass rising from its roots in the...

NANCY SAYS: PLEASE HELP!

To protect our creeks and wildlife from the toxic ash of burned homes, we need landowners to give us permission to install erosion control on and around burned sites. Please sign the consent form here, and let us know if you already have erosion control or if debris...