Taking Action for Living Systems is a Sonoma County nonprofit bringing together the stakeholders and resources needed to implement wildfire, forest, watershed health and climate resilience initiatives. Our work is centered in Sonoma County but we are working at the landscape scale in Sonoma, Napa, Lake and Mendocino counties.

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Landowner Town Hall

Sonoma County Supervisor Susan Gorin and Napa County Supervisor Diane Dillon are hosting a Cross-County Landowner Town Hall.


The DMMW NEC recognizes that wildfire and ecosystems are not bound by our districts or county lines, thus working together we receive a wholistic view of the challenges and opportunities. Review recording: https://youtu.be/zvAM7U3e-Ew

 

Our Challenge

 

The massive wildfires occurring across California over the past decade have ushered in a new era of wildfire and environmental risk. In the last two years, the State of California experienced its two worst fire seasons on record, with approximately 4.5 million acres burned in 2020 and 2.6 million acres burned in 2021. In Sonoma County alone, over 233,000 acres burned between 2017 and 2020.

 

While the State of California, federal government agencies, NGOs, universities and landowner groups have been working to improve fire suppression and prevention efforts, there are currently no coordinated ecosystem management efforts at a regional scale. Efforts to reduce the risk of severe wildfires are fragmented, which reduces efficiency and impact. 

The TALS Approach

Taking Action for Living Systems (TALS), Inc., is a professional collaboration that works to establish an innovative, enterprise-based approach to reduce wildfire hazards, increase climate change resilience, and improve forest health in California’s North Bay Region. TALS cooperates with an expansive list of State and local agencies, community-based organizations, private businesses, and landowners to inform and further its wildfire hazard risk reduction, climate change adaptation, and economic development efforts.

TALS is founded on the principle that an effective response to current environmental and social challenges must come from ‘valuing nature’ -- a purposeful blending of what’s good for nature and what’s good for people. TALS’ enterprise approach is designed to provide ample ‘triple bottom line’ (ecology, society, economy) benefits to garner public support, assist in the coordination of governmental and non-profit initiatives, and enhance local economic activity and private investment. The best solutions will emerge when all the needed elements and actions build upon existing efforts, are well aligned and leveraged, and are fully and sustainably funded.