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    ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW DOCUMENTS Sonoma Land Trust Preserves Vegetation Treatment Project CalVTP Programmatic Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) CalVTP PEIR ​ Project-Specific Analysis and Addendum to the CalVTP Program EIR ​ Attachment A Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program Attachment B Special-Status Species & Attachment C Hazardous Materials ​ Findings and Statement of Overriding Considerations for CEQA Project-Specific Analysis and Addendum ​ Draft Board Resolution 21/22-0317-02 Adopting the CEQA Project Specific Analysis/Addendum for Sonoma Land Trust Preserves Vegetation Management Program, making CEQA findings, approving project, and approving related actions ​ ​

  • STAFF | No So Co Fire

    SERVICE AREA MAP MISSION & VALUES HISTORY STAFF BOARD STAFF ​​ ​ FIRE CHIEF Marshall Turbeville August Grube ​ CAPTAINS Joseph Stewart Carlos Mendez James Tovani ​ FIREFIGHTERS Andrew Wallace Erik Padilla Tyler Bowman ​ ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF Anneke Turbeville ​ VOLUNTEERS Evan Bradish Tyson Cummings Carla Delgadillo Richard Dilworth David Dunrud, Jr. Ivann Falcon Mark Gradek Bennett Holden Nicholas Langevin John Lilienthal Juan Martinez Chris Munsell Scott Newman Michael Pigoni Robert Pochini Richard Sereni Tony Sinprasert Bryce Turbeville Monica Vanoni Nathan Ziegler ​ ​


    DEFENSIBLE SPACE INSPECTIONS Defensible space refers to the management of vegetation around structures to reduce the possibility that a wildfire will ignite the structure. We perform defensible space inspections year-round by request with scheduled inspections in the spring through the summer enforcing State and County defensible space laws. The State Law is Public Resources Code 4291 and applies to improved parcels. The County Ordinance is Chapter 13A and applies to improved and unimproved parcels. Refer to CAL FIRE’s website. Please contact us if you would like a defensible space inspection or to discuss what defensible space is. ​ Relevant Defensible Space Laws ​ PRC 4291 Chapter 13A Ordinance AB 38 Defensible Space Inspections A law (AB 38) went into effect on July 1, 2021 that requires a seller of a property to have documentation of a compliant defensible space inspection if the property is located in: State Responsibility Area (SRA) ranked as either High or Very High fire hazard severity zone (FHSZ), or Local Responsibility Area (LRA) ranked as Very High FHSZ There is no LRA ranked as very high FHSZ in the Northern Sonoma County Fire Protection District and thus all these requests must/should be referred to CAL FIRE using CAL FIRE’s website. ​ Step 1: Click the “Defensible Space” button/icon. Step 2: Click the “defensible space inspection request form” hyperlink on the left side of the webpage. Step 3: Click the blue “Fire Hazard Severity Zone” to determine if the property is located in SRA High or Very High FHSZ. 77% of the SRA in the District is either Very High or High. If the property is not located in a gray colored area, it is LRA. Bright red is LRA Very High (see west side of Cloverdale), the lighter red is SRA Very High, light orange is SRA High, and light yellow is SRA Moderate. SRA Moderate does not require a AB 38 inspection. Step 4: Click “Next” box on Step 2 website if property is located in SRA High or Very High. Step 5: Complete Requester Information, “Next” box, and compete inspection request form. After following these steps, a CAL FIRE representative will contact the requester. ​ ​ ​


    COMMUNITY CHIPPING DAYS Community Chipping Days are an organized event to leverage the work of residents, property owners, and the Wildland Fuels Crew to promote and increase vegetation management. The partnership requires a community leader to compile sign-ups. The Northern Sonoma County Fire Protection District will develop a schedule from the sign-ups with the goal to provide 2 hours of chipping for each property or resident that is signed up. ​ Other options include the Fuels Crew working with residents to cut vegetation, and defensible space inspections or consultation prior to chipping day.

  • GVFA | No So Co Fire

    THE GEYSERVILLE VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER'S ASSOCIATION (GVFA) The Geyserville Volunteer Firefighters' Association (GVFA) [name update in progress] is made up mostly of current members and a few past members of the Northern Sonoma County Fire Protection District staff. The GVFA’s primary responsibility is to raise money to buy equipment and supplies to increase the level of service that the Northern Sonoma County Fire Protection District can provide. The GVFA differs from the Northern Sonoma County Fire Protection District in that the GFVA is a non-profit organization run by volunteers who raise money through fundraisers. The GVFA is a 501(c)(3) with the federal tax identification number 23-7054738. The Northern Sonoma County Fire Protection District is a special district that receives a portion of property taxes every year. The Northern Sonoma County Fire Protection District uses that tax money to run the fire department. The Northern Sonoma County Fire Protection District's income is limited to the annual tax revenue it receives. The GVFA raises money to support the Northern Sonoma County Fire Protection District's goal of providing the best level of service possible. Before the Geyserville Fire Department became a fire protection district in 1996, all of the expenses of running the fire department were paid for by the GVFA. Since becoming a fire district the GVFA has been able to spend its money on more than just the basics. Now the GVFA serves the communities of Franz Valley, Knights Valley, Geyserville, Dry Creek Valley, and Alexander Valley. The GVFA has purchased rescue equipment and Automated External Defibrillators (used to jump start your heart if it stops). In 2001 the Northern Sonoma County Fire Protection District opened a fire station on Dry Creek Road. This fire station was paid for by your donations and was built mostly with donated labor. In 2004 the Northern Sonoma County Fire Protection District took delivery of Engine 6181. The New Fire Engine, which cost $280,000 was paid for by donations to the GVFA. ​ To donate, please mail cash or check to the GVFA, PO Box 1042, Geyserville, CA 95441. Donations are tax deductible. ​ ​ ​

  • SERVICE AREA MAP | No So Co Fire

    SERVICE AREA MAP MISSION & VALUES HISTORY STAFF BOARD SERVICE AREA MAP The Northern Sonoma County Fire Protection District protects over 273 square miles. The District responds to over 600 emergencies each year and serves approximately 7,000 residents. We serve Knights Valley, Franz Valley, Alexander Valley, Chalk Hill, Dry Creek Valley, the Geysers, Geyserville, parts of unincorporated Healdsburg and Lake Sonoma. There are 6 paid firefighters, 1 part-time fire chief, 1 part-time administrative manager, 25 volunteer firefighters and a fuels crew.


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  • HISTORY | No So Co Fire

    SERVICE AREA MAP MISSION & VALUES HISTORY STAFF BOARD HISTORY The Northern Sonoma County Fire Protection District had its beginnings in 1904, when twenty-four citizens signed the roster as volunteer firemen and A. Thompson was unanimously selected as the Fire Chief. The committee on apparatus was instructed to purchase fifty feet of hose and two nozzles. B.W. Feldmeyer offered to give space for the erection of a hose cart house at the rear of his brick building and Mr. Thompson was instructed to begin construction of a hose cart immediately. Early equipment consisted of two hand pulled chemical carts and a hand pulled hose reel. One of the chemical carts is still in the possession of the fire department and is on display at the Geyserville Fire Station. The first fire station was a small building erected at the corner of Geyserville Ave and Hwy 128. It had a bell on a tower, which was rung to call the volunteers in case of a fire. That same bell can still be seen on display at Geyserville Fire Station. In 1920, Harold Sullivan became the fire chief; he later went on to be the chief in Healdsburg for many years. In the mid-1920s the May Day festival was started at the Hoffman Grove for the purpose of raising funds to purchase a fire engine. A Model A chassis for the first engine was purchased in about 1931. The body of the engine was built at A. Lampson & Sons Garage by J.L. Chittenden, Everett Lampson, J.B. Dickson, Aldo Lombardi and others. The first firehouse for that engine was Oscar Teaby’s blacksmith shop next to the Odd Fellows Hall. With the advent of motorized fire apparatus, the Geyserville volunteers saw their area expand south to Lytton, east to include the rest of the Alexander Valley, north to Asti and west to cover the upper half of the Dry Creek Valley. The 1950s saw several major changes in the Department. In 1950 a meeting of the Chamber of Commerce was held to reorganize the department, add more members, and to elect a Board of Commissioners. Leo Beers was elected Chief, L.C. Smith and Leslie Meyer assistant chiefs, and Everett Lampson, Bates Dickson, Harvy Rose and J.L. Chittenden commissioners. In 1953 the Model A engine and $500 was traded for a 1941 Ford Navy Crash Truck from the King City Naval Air Station. This engine was in-service until the early 1990s. In 1958 a site for a new fire station in Geyserville was purchased from George Remmel. Plans were drawn up and a cinder block structure was built in the mid-1960s with volunteer labor. A second building behind the station was built in 1989. In 1975 the Geyserville Volunteer Fire Department took in the boundaries of the Alexander Valley School District and formed the Alexander Valley Division of the Geyserville Volunteer Fire Department. Though it was part of the Geyserville Volunteer Fire Department, the Alexander Valley Division had its own fire chief and roster of volunteers. Eugene Saini was the Fire Chief. The fire station was in Russel Greene’s barn across from the Alexander Valley school and was later moved to Truman Clark’s property at the intersection of Highway 128 and Alexander Valley Road. The siren was on top of Goodyear’s hay barn. Alexander Valley Division’s first engine was a 1956 International pumper-taker from Ventura County which held 1400 gallons of water. It was destroyed in 1976 in a fire-related accident on Ida Clayton Road that also injured firefighter Dale Goode. The second apparatus was a 1941 Ford truck from Frank Palmer and Eddie Demoscene. In 1989, after many years of auctions and fundraisers, the Andrews Fire House was built and dedicated near the intersection of Highway 128 and Alexander Valley Road, where it stands today. To report an emergency, there were four phones- Lampson’s Tractor, Mickey’s Bar, and the residences of both Carrie Robertson and Lucille Rose. After receiving report of an emergency, the siren would be activated to alert the volunteers. In 1996 the Geyserville Volunteer Fire Department became the Geyserville Fire Protection District. The first District board or directors consisted of Paul Bernier, Tim Barnard, Robert Stewart, Michael Pigoni, and Fred Peterson. Dean Turbeville was the Fire Chief and Eugene Saini became Assistant Chief. A third fire station, the Dry Creek Valley Fire Station, was built in 2001. In 2004, after purchasing additional land adjoining the fire station, the District began construction of a new 12,000 square foot fire station in Geyserville. In September 2005 construction was complete on the current Geyserville Fire Station. In 2018 the District started a Wildland Fuels Crew with grant money to reduce wildfire risk by reducing vegetation alongside roadways. In 2019 the District changed its name to Northern Sonoma County Fire Protection District and annexed the Knights Valley Fire Company. That same year, three full-time firefighters were hired to bring year-round staffing up to two. FIRE CHIEFS 1904 - ? A. Thompson 1920 - 1931 Howard Sullivan 1931 - 1950 J. Bates Dickson 1950 - 1975 Leo “Slim” Beers 1975 - 1989 Ray Pigoni 1989 - 1992 Richard Dilworth 1992 - 2003 Dean Turbeville 2003 - 2013 Paul Pigoni 2013 - Present Marshall Turbeville