Fire and plants: how to reduce your risk of wildfire

Nov 10, 2020 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm PST

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Marcia McIntyre

Join the Multnomah Master Gardener Speaker Series, with Kristin Babbs, President and CEO of Keep Oregon Green Association and Jenna Trentadue, Oregon Department of Forestry, National Fire Plan Coordinator for this timely presentation. With the changing climate and number of increased fires on our landscape, it is crucial for people to be doing everything they can to protect their homes and reduce their risk of fire. Their goal is to provide people with information on how fire-resistant plants fit into a fire-safe landscapes to reduce risk of wildfire to their homes. They do this through discussion on how fire works, issues with building in the Wildland Urban Interface, and fire prone plants to avoid. They will also discuss good examples of fire-resistant plants and how to make homes more fire safe. Lastly, they will look at a case example of where landscape and plants made a difference in fire outcomes to certain homes in an Oregon fire.

Kristin Babbs is the President and CEO of the Keep Oregon Green Association. In this position, she develops partnerships and coordinates activities to help Oregon’s residents and tourists become aware and knowledgeable of their role and responsibility in the prevention of wildfires. Over the past 20 years, she has worked for the Oregon Department of Forestry, leading the development and management of various forest learning opportunities and projects; state forest policy; federal grant programs; community fire plans and activities; and statewide implementation of the Firewise USA ® Recognition Program.

Jenna Trentadue is the National Fire Plan Coordinator for the Oregon Department of Forestry. She works with many aspects of prevention and is involved in ongoing collaborative efforts to plan and address fire risks in Oregon. She is the statewide liaison for the Firewise USA ® program, manages all county Community Wildfire Protection Plans, manages Federal Grants, and works to implement programs and policy that address fuels mitigation and prevention in the State of Oregon. 

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