In 2017 and 2020, major portions of Hood Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve burned in wildfires. Sonoma County Regional Parks has been working to restore Preserve facilities destroyed or damaged in the fires. Governor Brown declared the 2017 Tubbs Fire (FM-5215-CA) a disaster in Sonoma, Napa, and Yuba counties on October 9, 2017. Sonoma County was added to Governor Newsom’s Disaster Declaration for the Glass Fire on October 22, 2020.
The current project work is a cooperative effort between Regional Parks and two Sonoma County Boy Scouts, dedicating their Eagle Project work to fire recovery. One project will begin the process of reopening the Alder Glen Trail for use by a combination of vegetation management, trimming natives, removing invasives, and erosion control. After the Tubbs Fire, there was significant erosion during winter rains. The Alder Trail has been closed until trail conditions could be made safe. The other project will provide a metal privacy screen, resistant to future fires, around the temporary restroom at Hood Pond Campground, where the previous restroom was destroyed by the Glass Fire.
The projects will be undertaken to help restore recreational opportunities lost in the 2017 and 2020 fires and do so in a way that is more resilient to potential future fires, benefitting Preserve users and the general public.