Wildfire Impact Survey of California Winegrape Producers Coming Soon
February 02, 2021
The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) encourages winegrape producers statewide to complete an upcoming survey being developed and conducted to analyze the impacts of wildfires on winegrape production in California. CDFA environmental scientist Emily Zakowski, who is coordinating the project, noted that many winegrape producing regions are among the most vulnerable to wildfire risks. “The intent of the survey is to better understand the entire range of wildfire impacts on vineyards and winegrape producers, and the results will help identify tools and direct resources to help mitigate these impacts,” Zakowski said. The survey questionnaire will be available online, perhaps by the end of February, and should take about 10 minutes to complete. She said the results will be used to publish a resource guide for policymakers and industry stakeholders. The California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) is providing CDFA input to draft the questionnaire. More information and a survey link will be available in the near future.