Greater Novato Shaded Fuel Break Project

Novato from Loma Verde Open Space Preserve

The Greater Novato Shaded Fuel Break Project (GNSFB) includes a fuel reduction and forest health zone within 200 to 300 feet from the edge of structures adjacent to the wildland-urban interface and heavily vegetated areas with a history or potential of ignition. The spread of exotic, invasive fire hazardous vegetation, and decades of dead vegetation accumulation resulting from fire suppression, drought, and sudden oak death has created significant wildfire hazards adjacent to the City of Novato and adjacent unincorporated areas. To mitigate these hazards in a manner that restores forest health and enhances native, fire resilient plant communities, a comprehensive plan and environmental compliance is in progress for a future multi-year mitigation effort.

Did you receive a letter from us recently?

The Property Owner Right of Entry Form is intended to grant permission to MWPA employees, contractors, and partner agency employees to access private property while providing services as part of the Greater Novato Shaded Fuel Break project. If your property is located within the first phase of the GNSFB project area, you will likely receive this form in the mail. Please sign and return the form digitally by clicking "here", or mailing the hard copy to the following address:

Novato Fire Protection District - Administration Building
95 Rowland Way
Novato, CA 94945

If you have misplaced your copy or have any questions or concerns please contact us at

Public Meeting Announcement - Mailed to all residents within 300 feet of the project area.

MWPA and the Novato Fire Protection District held a public workshop via zoom on Wednesday, November 9, 2022 from 6-8pm. Meeting materials and videos are posted below.

Public Workshop Materials

Workshop Main Presentation:

Video - Main Session 11/9/2022

Slides - Main Session

Agenda Here

Room 1: Environmental Review  

Video - Breakout Room 1 (Session 1)

Video - Breakout Room 1 (Session 2)

Slides - Breakout Room 1

*Session 1 and 2 have the same presentation with different attendees

Room 2: Hazard Modelling & Fuel Break Design

Video- Breakout Room 2 (Session 1 & 2)

Photos of Treated Areas

GNSFB Jurisdictions Mapbook

GNSFB Overall Proposed Project Mapbook

To view the project area spatially, click on this link: GNSFB Google Earth File then click download. This file is viewable using Google Earth and allows the user to navigate and zoom into different parts of the project area. Go to or install Google Earth and use these instructions.

Note: the Overview KMZ shows the shaded fuel break as 300 feet wide, although typically fuel and forest health restoration treatments would occur within a 200-foot-wide zone.

Relevant Projects



Approval Meeting

CEQA Documentation


Marin wild fire projects

Project Type

Fuel Break

Lead Agency

Novato Fire Protection District
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