Living on the Edge—The Wildland/Urban Interface
Tree City USA Bulletin #63—Sources for More Information
A wealth of printed material has been published to help residents of the Interface become more proactive in protecting their homes from wildfire.
In all likelihood, material on this topic is available from your state forester’s office or your county Cooperative Extension office. The following sources are outstanding examples in print and links to websites and organizations that can provide more helpful information on all aspects of living safely and harmoniously at the Wildland/Urban Interface.
- Protecting and Landscaping Homes in the Wildland/Urban Interface (University of Idaho Extension, Station Bulletin No. 67)
- Where’s the Fire? Wise Choices Make Safe Communities (Pacific Southwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service)
- Fire in the Wildland-Urban Interface: Selecting and Maintaining Plants for Landscaping (University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences)
- Fire in the Wildland-Urban Interface: Reducing Wildfire Risk While Achieving Other Landscaping Goals (University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences)
- Firewise Landscaping for Utah—an online publication from Utah State University but with wide applicability
Forests at the Wildland-Urban Interface: Conservation and Management edited by Susan W. Vince, Mary L. Duryea, Edward A. Macie, and L. Annie Hermansen. CRC Press, 2000 N.W. Corporate Blvd., Boca Raton, FL 33431.
This 293-page book is probably the most comprehensive work available on all aspects of Interface issues and management suggestions.
Centers for Urban and Interface Forestry
U.S. Forest Service
P.O. Box 110806
Bldg. 164 Mowry Road
Gainesville, FL 32611-0806
Helpful Link to Fire-Resistant Plants and Landscaping
Firewise Landscaping and Plant Lists for all regions of the country.
Other Helpful Links
- Firewise Communities—This is the portal to this excellent program.
- National Fire Protection Association’s Wildland Fire Operations Division and Firewise Communities Program—This is a good portal for information about NFPA’s programs in addition to Firewise Communities.
- Smart Growth—All aspects, including at the Interface
- Urban Forestry South Expo—Use the drop-down box to search for a wide range of related topics.
- Woodland Catalog—An excellent source of Smokey Bear and other wildfire prevention products and publications.
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