City of Penticton and RDOS present tips for landscapers, garden centers and nurseries on how to be FireSmart – Penticton News

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Planting to reduce fire risk

The FireSmart teams in Okanagan-Similkameen are hoping landscapers, garden centers and nurseries will participate in their online presentation on how best to proactively dive into the dirt.

The City of Penticton and Okanagan-Similkameen Regional District (RDOS) FireSmart teams will deliver the two-hour joint presentation in response to the area’s wildfire risk.

“Continued urban sprawl and development into wilderness increases the potential for wildfires to affect homes and livelihoods,” said Brittany Siebert, City of Penticton’s FireSmart coordinator, in a press release.

“Through this presentation, we hope to create more FireSmart neighborhoods in our communities by providing those in the ecology industry with the knowledge and tools they need to create FireSmart landscapes.”

The basic principles of FireSmart and FireSmart landscaping are discussed, along with an introduction to the FireSmart Plant Tagging program.

The focus will be on which plants and landscapes best suit the South Okanagan climate and ecology. A panel of experts will be present to support the FireSmart modules.

“Following the FireSmart principles can help protect your home and property in the event of a wildfire,” added RDOS Chairman Mark Pendergraft. “As more communities seek FireSmart in their neighborhoods, delivering this event to industry professionals and employees will enhance their knowledge of the program, including landscaping best practices.”

The presentation is scheduled for Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at 9:30 am. The event will take place online via ZOOM and registration is required.

Registration for the presentation is currently open to all landscapers, garden centers and nursery staff in Penticton and the RDOS.

Register online for free here or contact the Penticton FireSmart team at [email protected]

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