California Native Plant Society

A Guide to Fire Recovery

Coming Soon!

Hazelnut re-sprouting
Photo courtesy of Audubon Canyon Ranch

What happens to your land after fire, and what should a concerned property owner do in its aftermath? The upcoming CNPS Guide to Recovery After Fire addresses those questions in an easy-to-use booklet, created in response to the widespread Wine Country fires. The Guide is a collaborative effort between CNPS, North Bay partner organizations, and some of the best fire experts in the state. Sections include:

  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Dos and Don'ts
  • Care and Recovery
  • Erosion Control
  • Fire Preparedness
  • Seeding
  • Helpful decision trees, and more

While this Guide is designed to serve landowners in the North Bay, our hope is that others will take this material and expand and adapt it to benefit others in need elsewhere in California, today and tomorrow.

Not only is the Guide meant to provide best-practice instructions and resources, we also hope it will encourage conversations about how we can live with fire in an increasingly fire-prone state, while also ensuring there is a place for the beautiful plants and incredible wildlife that make living in California so special.

Although California faces a time of difficult recovery, the land will heal. Already trees are beginning to flush with new growth, blackened soils are greening up with tender sprouts, and nourishing winter rains have come. Natural recovery is an ancient miracle, and one that brings a message of recovery and resilience that is much needed today. In coming together to care for sensitive natural places and observing their recovery, we also can discover a message of hope that helps bring healing to our neighbors and ourselves.

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Forest after fire
Photo courtesy of Audubon Canyon Ranch


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