The Walden neighborhood in Clayton, NC contains all of the elements of an idyllic community, complete with vast expanses of forests and rustic homes placed snugly between the trees. Living in a forested community brings with it the tranquility that comes with having nature as an integral part of the neighborhood. However, with a wooded environment also comes the increased risk of wildfire.
To address growing concerns over wildfires and their potential for disastrous effects within the community, Walden, with the assistance of the Clayton Fire Department, the North Carolina Forest Service, the USDA-Forest Service, the National Association of State Foresters, and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), has taken the steps to become nationally recognized as a Firewise community. Throughout their Firewise process, the Walden community created several projects and community outreach programs, such as hosting a Firewise Community Day, where the entire neighborhood was invited to a day of fire education and information sharing. Thanks to their efforts, Walden is now the first community in Johnston County to achieve the honor of being recognized as a Firewise community.
To learn more about Walden’s Firewise efforts, read the full press release here!