Thanks to your Measure C tax dollars the City is expanding our efforts to reduce wildfire risk in Open Space. We have a variety of projects underway and planned. This page offers a summary of those projects, with specific project information shared as the work gets underway.
In general, our open space fuel reduction work focuses on:
- Creating and enhancing defensible space up to 100 feet from structures and 50 feet from roadways
- Removal of all dead and down plant materials
- Removal of Combustible vegetation including French and Scotch broom
- Raising of tree canopies and removal of ladder fuels
All of our projects go through an extensive environmental review process to limit the impact on our natural environment and ensure compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Depending on the project this may include, but not be limited to:
- Nesting Bird Surveys
- Identification and avoidance of sensitive plant and wildlife species
- Identification and avoidance of sensitive natural resources including streams and wetlands
Vegetation Management Project Types
Vegetation Management projects for wildfire mitigation come in many forms but all have the same objective of modifying or reducing the fuel load of an area with the intent of changing wildfire behavior. The primary types of fuel reduction projects conducted in San Rafael are shaded fuel breaks, goat grazing and mowing, evacuation route vegetation clearances, and fire road vegetation clearances.
Vegetation Management Project
Vegetation Management Interactive Map
The City of San Rafael has created this interactive web map as a free interactive community resource that will continue to expand as time and data allows.
To view this map in a full screen, please click here.