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