INVESTING IN NATURE TODAY TO REDUCE THE COSTS OF DISASTERS TOMORROW
2017 was the costliest disaster year in US history. Communities around the country were devastated by storms, floods, fires, and landslides. We know that protecting what we have is a better investment than struggling to rebuild, and that we can avoid repeat costs with sound planning and We've been working with Sonoma County communities. With the support of The Kresge Foundation we responded by working with local governments and land trusts to access the federal and state funding needed to conduct urgent restoration and resilience projects. These projects promise to buffer communities from future devastation while providing residents and businesses with valuable ecosystem services such as soil retention, water filtration, and recreation space. What began as a project to help one community has since grown into an effort to help dozens of agencies access emergency funding and implement restoration projects that will improve resilience, save money, and potentially save lives.