Wildland Fire Update (10/27/20):


Both Armstrong Redwoods SNR and Austin Creek SRA will be closed until sometime in 2021. We hope parts of Armstrong might be opened to docent guided fire walks in late spring but this timeframe is not confirmed. Please sign up to receive our enewsletter (at the top of webpage) to learn how you can volunteer for restoration activities in the months ahead. 

Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve started burning on the forest floor on the afternoon of 8/24/20. The fire slowly burned through the grove and did not affect structures or iconic trees. State Parks, CalFire, and local firefighters worked together to make the best possible decisions with respect to managing the fire for the park and the local community. 
We thank them for their expertise and dedication.

We are sad to say that Austin Creek State Recreation Area was also burned in the Walbridge Fire. The fire went through Bullfrog Pond Campground so there will be no camping available until further notice. 

The following chart shows the acreage burned in our parks in both the Walbridge and Meyers Fires. 

Both Parks will be closed until further notice. See superintendent's order. We really need the public to stay away at this time. Volunteer help and support will be needed after assessments are done and hazardous trees are removed. Right now we really need financial resources as ALL revenue generated at Armstrong Redwoods for Stewards' work has stopped (day-use fees, camping fees, visitor center sales).

A SPECIAL FUND HAS BEEN SET UP FOR FIRE RECOVERY DONATIONS

While fires help forests to Renew • Revive • Regenerate,
Stewards needs YOUR HELP to welcome you back safely into your STATE PARKS!

Thank you so very much for your support!

Please also see:   

CA State Parks for the information about park closures with respect to fires and Covid-19: 

https://www.parks.ca.gov/


Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods (Stewards) is a non-profit organization that partners with the Russian River Sector of California State Parks to promote, restore and protect the natural and cultural resources in our parks. The sector includes Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve (outside Guerneville), Austin Creek State Recreation Area (a park Stewards is now operating), Sonoma Coast State Park (from Bodega Bay to Jenner). State Parks depends on Stewards to provide funding for the Volunteers in Parks program, educational and interpretive activities, for resource management and stewardship projects, and to assist in the development of interpretive facilities and displays. Visit https://www.stewardscr.org/for more information.  

The State Parks of Sonoma County's coast and Russian River valley are rich in natural and cultural history, biological diversity and distinctive geology. Our mission is to promote, restore and protect the natural and cultural resources of Russian River area State Parks through interpretation and public stewardship. We do this (with the help of 300 volunteers) by providing park visitors of all ages with a variety of programs and opportunities to experience and explore these exceptional parks. 

With your support, Stewards is operating Austin Creek State Recreation Area with volunteer patrols and stewardship support. In 2012 we reopened Bullfrog Pond Campground and three backcountry campsites. We also handle all visitor service functions for both Armstrong Redwoods SNR and Austin Creek SRA and collect fees at the entrance station for both parks. In 2014, we launched our Mobile Marine Education Center (Steward Ship) with interpretive displays, an LCD screen to show nature videos and engaging activities to teach the public about our coastal natural resources and how we can protect them into the future. The Steward Ship is available for school visits, is available on certain days on the coast and attends many events in the county. We will continue to support efforts to secure a sustainable funding source for your state parks. All donations help us achieve our goal of keeping YOUR parks open and thriving!

Our vision is to be the link between people and their parks.

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