CNPS Fire Recovery Guide

Download the revised 2019 edition today!

An oak sapling emerges from charred ground. Credit Saxon Holt.

What should you do with your land after a wildfire?

The CNPS Fire Recovery Guide addresses that question in an easy-to-use booklet.  The new statewide guide is a collaborative effort between CNPS, dozens of partner organizations, and scientists across the state. Sections include:

  • Frequently asked questions about wildfire in California
  • A post-fire checklist for property owners
  • A decision-flow diagram for post-fire conditions
  • Erosion control recommendations
  • Tips for tree care and landscaping after fire
  • Defensible space updates, and
  • An overview of California’s most fire-prone habitats

The “new normal” of intense fire seasons requires us to be informed and aware of how fires start, how they spread, and what to do to care for our land and the biodiversity we steward.  This guide will help anyone who wants to make their property and their communities safer and more resilient.

Download the free Fire Recovery Guide

Fremontia Vol. 47, No. 2

California Fires: Challenges and Proposed Solutions

A view from the North Fork American River Shaded Fuel Break Project near Colfax, California. Photo: Emily Underwood
A view from the North Fork American River Shaded Fuel Break Project near Colfax, California. Photo: Emily Underwood

Restoring Fire

Chris Paulus on decades of fire suppression and how agencies are returning fire to Sierra Nevada habitat

Photo: Jennifer Jewell
Photo: Jennifer Jewell

Living with Fire

The first in our series on the impact, causes, and solutions surrounding California wildfire and the “new normal.”

Natural recovery in spring 2013 after the 2012 North Fire along Cow Mountain in Mendocino County Photo: Kerry Heise

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CNPS members at White Mountains

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As a CNPS member, you help to preserve and protect California’s native plants and special places for generations to come.

Nature recovering after the 2015 Valley Fire along Butts Canyon. Photo: Reny Parker

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CNPS is seeking funds to distribute the Guide to fire-affected communities.