Wildlands Preserve Stewardship Plan
With support from CalFIRE through CFIP (the California Forest Improvement Program), OAEC worked closely with Harold Appleton, a Registered Professional Forester, to create a comprehensive Wildlands Preserve stewardship plan. The plan outlines our strategies for “mending the wild,” as we dedicate ourselves to repairing a damaged ecosystem out of balance, and strive towards the vision of “tending the wild” — with humans returning to their role as regenerative disturbers of an ecosystem that supports life.
Two versions of the plan are available online:
Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria
Since 2007, the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria (FIGR) and OAEC have collaborated to explore principles of ecology, traditional ecological knowledge, and native flora and fauna in our Wildlands Preserve with the goal of becoming better practitioners of cultural regeneration and biological restoration. Over the past years, OAEC has supported FIGR in their work to develop plans for Tolay Regional Park, an 1,800-acre site that is one of the most sacred places in the Tribe’s ancestral lands, and has facilitated tribal citizens in designing a new community organic garden using Resilient Community Design. OAEC has also hosted FIGR’s family camp as well as organic gardening and nutrition classes here on the land.
Sonoma State University
Students at Sonoma State University participate in a Sustainable Forestry Internship hosted by OAEC, gaining practical hands-on skills and applied learning, while stewarding the forests of OAEC.
Sonoma Youth Ecology Corps
OAEC hosts youth workers from SYEC to tend our 70-acre Wildlands Preserve. SYEC is a jobs, workforce training and ecoliteracy education program aimed at employing young at-risk adults while teaching them about environmental stewardship.
OAEC collaborated with the Cultural Conservancy’s Guardian of the Water’s project, which provides Native youth access to indigenous watercraft traditions, cultural healing, multi-media explorations, and creative modalities of self-expression.
Coastal Prairie Working Group
OAEC partnered with Sonoma State University and the Coastal Prairie Working Group as one of the demonstration sites for the management of Holcus lanatus in Coastal Prairie.
Sonoma Mountain Institute
Wildlands core staff Brock Dolman serves on the board of Sonoma Mountain Institute, whose mission is to preserve land for natural, scenic, agricultural, cultural, educational, and scientific purposes.
SRJC Natural Resource Management
Brock Dolman serves on the advisory board of the Natural Resource Management department at the Santa Rosa Junior College, supporting curriculum development and program design for the department.
Sonoma County Fire Safe Council
As part of a demonstration of how to manage land to be more resilient to wildfire, OAEC created a shaded fuel break demonstration in collaboration with the West County Fire Safe Council (now the Sonoma County Fire Safe Council).
Natural Resource Conservation Services
NRCS offers a cost-share program to landowners interested in restoring habitat. OAEC has partnered with NRCS to enhance habitat and native plant biodiversity.