Thomas Fire Recovery Project

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The Thomas Fire roared through Ventura County on December 4, 2018, forever changing lives and landscape in its wake. The damage was widespread and the road to recovery is a long one but we are confident that over time, our community and our lands will heal completely.

The Ventura Land Trust's Big Rock Preserve suffered extensive damage and 80% of the 1,000 trees we had planted were scorched. Habitat recovery at Big Rock is ongoing and we will continue to coordinate habitat restoration work until every tree is replanted, every trail is repaired and every tool is replaced.

Fire restoration takes time, money and manpower. We encourage you to donate in the way that makes sense for you and also encourage you to participate in an upcoming VLT volunteer event. Keep an eye on our Events Page - we are adding more opportunities to get involved all the time. 



A bird's eye view of the Thomas Fire damage at Big Rock Preserve


On January 18, 2018, more than 300 people joined us at the Poinsettia Pavilion to hear Dr. Sean Anderson, Chair of the CSUCI Environmental Science Dept., speak about the Thomas Fire's impacts on wilderness and wildlife. Dr. Anderson's talk was the first in VLT's 2018 Environmental Speaker Series. Dr. Anderson shared a great deal of interesting data about why the fire started, why it burned so large and hot, how it has affected creatures both large and small and how he predicts the landscape and wildlife will eventually recover. According to his data, climate change and land management policies set the stage for the largest wildfire in California's history. Unlike other areas in the state, Ventura County has been in a continuous drought for the last 8 - 9 years. The drought, combined with the winds, past suppression of fires in Ventura and Santa Barbara and a shift in the jet stream all contributed to the "perfect fire storm." Dr. Anderson was so popular that we have invited him back in March, 2019 to talk more about why California's wildfires are the "new abnormal."


 Thank you for your ongoing commitment to the Ventura Land Trust. 


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