Firescaping Your Home


Wildfires destroyed over 300,000 acres across the country last year alone. Ravaging forests and homes alike, wildfires have become drastically more frequent, burning longer and more intensely than ever before. A must-have for homeowners living in wildfire country, “FIRESCAPING YOUR HOME: A Manual for Readiness in Wildfire Country” (Timber Press: June 20, 2023) by Adrienne Edwards, PhD. and Rachel Schleiger, MS is a hardworking guide to mitigating the risk of wildfire spreading to homes and property using native plants and garden design. Hear all about it on this episode of Big Blend Radio’s “Nature Connection” Show, featuring ecologists Adrienne Edwards and Rachel Schleiger.

In FIRESCAPING YOUR HOME, ecologists Adrienne Edwards and Rachel Schleiger provide expert guidance and specific recommendations on how to harden homes against fire and create defensible space without sacrificing beauty. In addition to design recommendations and maintenance techniques, the book features an in-depth list of hundreds of native plants that have evolved to coexist with fires. Edwards and Schleiger diligently explore how and why these plants sustain wildlife and are powerful tools for defending homes from wildfires. Approachable and thorough, FIRESCAPING YOUR HOME is an essential guide to teach homeowners how to protect their property while cultivating a lush and attractive landscape.

Adrienne Edwards, PhD, is a botanist, plant ecologist, garden designer, environmental consultant, and teacher.. With over 30 years of experience teaching, doing environmental research, and consulting, plants continue to drive her passions. She is currently a faculty lecturer at California State University, Chico.

Rachel Schleiger, MS, is a plant ecologist who specializes in restoration ecology. Her family and property survived the most deadly and destructive fire on record, the 2018 Camp Fire. Over the last 3 years she has developed curriculum to teach about wildfire and is a faculty lecturer at both Butte College and California State University, Chico.

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