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New course on “Firescaping” begins June 9th; REGISTER now

This new FIRESCAPING course will help you prepare your community for wildfires!

Every year hundreds to thousands of wildfires occur across Florida and the southeastern US, threatening both residents and their homes. Fortunately, there are actions residents can take, such as firescaping, to help reduce their wildfire risk. Join us for an exciting new training aimed at educating and empowering Master Gardener Volunteers, Master Naturalists, other Extension volunteers, and community leaders to make an impact and help protect Florida homes from wildfire.

The 8-hour training (2 hours per week for 4 weeks) includes a blend of presentations, “hands-on” activities, and discussions. The training will introduce participants to Florida fire history and behavior, plant flammability, firescaping design, home wildfire risk assessment, and tips for combining firescaping with other landscape objectives. The knowledge participants gain from this training can be used to educate their communities on firescaping and other wildfire risk reduction measures.

REGISTER: On Eventbrite (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/firescaping-preparing-for-wildfires-tickets-151238469333); Capacity is limited; registration closes May 31st (or when capacity is reached).

WHERE: Live Online (Zoom)

WHEN: June 9, 16, 23, & 30, 9am – 11am each day (8 hours total).  All sessions must be attended to receive the certificate of completion.

FEE: $24

INSTRUCTORS:

Holly Campbell, Public Service Assistant, UGA Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources

Ludie Bond, Fire Mitigation Specialist, Florida Forest Service

Tanya Anderson, Wildland Fire Prevention Officer, Baker County Fire Rescue

Zachary Prusak, Florida Fire Manager/CFL Program Manager, The Nature Conservancy

MORE INFORMATION: Dr. Shelly Johnson, SSA, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension @ Shelly.Johnson@ufl.edu