Deep Dive: What's Wrong with Fire-Safe Plant Lists

We all want to take action to protect our homes from wildfire, but is landscaping with “fire-safe” plants the way to go? In this talk, we’ll explore the origin of fire-safe plant lists, the issues with the claims they make including research on the topic and lack thereof, and the practical problems the plant lists represent. We will then discuss ways to work around those problems, from both an individual homeowner’s perspective, and from a neighborhood perspective.


Steven Swain, Environmental Horticulture Advisor, University of California Cooperative Extension Marin & Sonoma Counties

Steven's work is primarily focused on integrated pest management, plant pathology, and resource conservation. He has a research background in sudden oak death, a commercial background in arboriculture, and has taught integrated pest management and related topics for the College of Marin and Santa Rosa Junior College.


No previous experience or knowledge is required. This event is recommended for ages 14 and up.

Zoom meeting details will be sent to you upon registration. If you have not used Zoom before, please allow time to download and install the application before the event. Please log-in a few minutes early, as it may take more than one attempt if servers are busy.

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Register at the link below. Each participant should register separately. Registration is free.

About the Center

Sonoma State University’s Center for Environmental Inquiry empowers university students to work with community members on the environmental challenges of the North Bay. Our mission is to create an engaged and environmentally ready society, one where all people have the skills to find solutions to the challenges facing our earth. SSU Preserves are open to everyone engaged in education or research. Reservations are required.

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Kerry Wininger
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Wednesday, October, 6, 2021, 12:00pm to 1:00pm