CORVALLIS - During such a fire-prone year, homeowners around Oregon, especially those in rural, forested or rangeland areas of Oregon might want to learn about fire-resistant landscape plants and trees.
"Fire-Resistant Plants for Oregon Home Landscapes," a guide posted on the web, can help homeowners find plants that minimize fire hazards around their homes. Produced by Steve Fitzgerald and Amy Waldo of the Oregon State University Extension Service, the new guide provides a list of plant materials, divided into groups such as groundcovers, perennials, trees and shrubs. The plants are keyed for adaptability to specific growing regions in Oregon.
"Folks who live in or adjacent to forests need to be concerned about fuel around their home, which includes landscape plants," said co-author Stephen Fitzgerald, an extension forester in Central Oregon. "This list provides an assortment of plants that add to the aesthetic value of their home landscape without adding to the fuel and fire-risk."
The guide, "Fire-Resistant Plants for Oregon Home Landscapes," can be found on the Web at: http://ir.library.oregonstate.edu/xmlui/bitstream/handle/1957/20921/%2apnw590.pdf
This guide is also available in print at selected Deschutes County nurseries and will eventually be available statewide from the OSU Extension Service.