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Firescaping Your Home: A Manual for Readiness in Wildfire Country (Paperback)

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This hardworking, actionable guide is a must-have for homeowners looking to fight the risks of wildfire spreading to their homes and property.

Wildfires are burning over longer seasons and more intensely than ever before, and everyone living in a wildland-urban interface or wildland-adjacent area should take precautionary steps to mitigate the risk of property damage. In Firescaping Your Home, Adrienne Edwards and Rachel Schleiger provide expert guidance and specific recommendations on how to harden your home against fire and create defensible space that is lush and attractive. They also provide in-depth native plant lists of hundreds of species that have evolved to coexist with fire in the West, and show how and why including these on your property sustains wildlife and can actually be your most powerful defense.

About the Author

Adrienne Edwards, PhD, is a botanist, plant ecologist, garden designer, environmental consultant, and teacher. She began her botanical odyssey in the Southeast, spent time botanizing in the Midwest, and since 2006 has lived and worked in northern California. With over 30 years of experience teaching, doing environmental research, and consulting, plants continue to drive her passions. She is currently a faculty lecturer at California State University, Chico.

Rachel Schleiger, MS, is a plant ecologist who specializes in restoration ecology. She has lived in the WUI most of her life. Her family and property survived the most deadly and destructive fire on record, the 2018 Camp Fire. Over the last 3 years she has developed curriculum to teach about wildfire, both in-person and online through Butte College. She is currently a faculty lecturer at both Butte College and California State University, Chico.

Praise For…

"Ecologists Edwards and Schleiger debut with a solid manual on how California, Oregon, and Washington State residents can make their homes fire resistant and landscape responsibly....West Coast denizens will want to study up."—Publishers Weekly

“Keys to wildfire protection can be found in Firescaping Your Home…In full-color pages, the authors offer a catalog of hundreds of native plant species…they also discuss how fire behaves and how to think in terms of fire-suppression zones.” —Chico Enterprise Record

“Edwards and Schleiger give strategies for hardening homes, tips on creating attractive defensible space that is supportive of wildland habitat and includes a catalog of 640 fire-safe plants and resources directories.”—Marin Independent Journal

“A ‘go-to’ book that can be perused when needed to help you prepare for a wildfire.”—The Spokesman-Review

"A must-read for anyone residing in a high-risk area for wildfire. This book is necessary for our changing climate.”—The American Gardener

"A comprehensive guide to creating a fire-safe landscape."—California Examiner
Product Details
ISBN: 9781643261355
ISBN-10: 1643261355
Publisher: Timber Press
Publication Date: June 20th, 2023
Pages: 264
Language: English