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Afforestation (Tree Planting) Campaign

The County leads a process to identify all available land for reforestation or new tree planting and coordinate an extensive planting effort.

Jurisdiction (Who can make the decision?)
City/town councils

Equity considerations

Scale of Greenhouse Gas reductions


Cost considerations

Where it has been tried
Local example: TBD

Other examples: TBD

Imagine it:
Volunteer and paid youth crews began planting on public land in partnership with various public agencies and non-profits. The County uses local dollars to leverage state funds to provide forestation grants to private landowners. Crews plants over 3 million trees across more than 10,000 acres over three years. A backyard tree planting campaign adds another 50,000 trees and the county's nine towns and cities plant 500,000 new trees along 5,000 streets.


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What are your Farms & Forests policy ideas?  

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Comments (3)

Posted by Jenny Blaker(Cotati)

Prioritize protecting natural forest ecosystems, as mature trees are the best way to sequester carbon, protect our watersheds, and support biodiversity by protecting precious wildlife habitat. Similarly protect native grasslands (e.g. coastal prairie), and wetlands. Add proforestation and re-wilding to the vocabulary and the discussion!

Posted by Mark R Mortensen(Santa Rosa)

The county works with local agricultural, ranching and viticulture interests to increase their use of practices that sequester carbon while increasing soil organic matter and water infiltration and retention. Some practices also reduce erosion of topsoil.

The local Resource Conservation Districts, Gold Ridge and Sonoma, are familiar with these practices, which include: no or low till practices, ground cover, hedge rows, mulching, compost use, biochar charged with compost, introduction of perennial grasses as ground cover, and more. Some of the practices are eligible for grants from the California Department of Food and Agriculture's Healthy Soils Program.

Posted by Mark R Mortensen(Santa Rosa)

The county implements a carbon gardening program. The program supports community gardens throughout the county in using research-based methods for gardening that best sequester carbon while providing members with good, nutritious fruits and vegetables.

Methods often seen in such carbon gardens include mulching, biochar charged with compost mixed into the soil, and surface ground cover. All of these practices increase soil organic matter, improve water infiltration and retention and increase sequestration of carbon.