From the Fire Adapted Communities (FAC) Learning Network and author Lee Ann Beery comes this great story out of Flagstaff, Arizona, Contributing to a Fire Adapted Future in Flagstaff; Firewise Landscaping Contest Awards.
Sponsored by the Greater Flagstaff Forest Partnership (GFFP), the Firewise Landscaping Contest started several years ago and encourages the public to participate in wildfire risk reduction actions in a fun and creative way. The contest also reinforces for homeowners the fact that fire adapted landscapes can be both practical and beautiful when you follow Firewise steps. These actions include the pruning of trees, removing ladder fuels, screening vents in homes, moving flammable materials away from structures, and much more. A total of $1,000 in prize money was awarded to this year's top contestants.
The Landscaping Contest was promoted in conjunction with Earth Day celebrations and the GFFP Harvesting Methods and Firewise Preparedness Open House events. Judging took place the week following Wildfire Community Preparedness Day (May 7) with an awards luncheon and ceremony on May 18.
Read the post to learn about the contest, the participants and the winners. Kudos to the residents of Flagstaff who arranged this wonderful event and who are working together to increase community wildfire resilience and firefighter safety in their area!