CNPS Provides Free Fire Recovery Guide for Wine Country

Contact: Liv O’Keeffe
916-447-2677, ext. 202

CNPS Fire Recovery Guide
CNPS Fire Recovery Guide

April 30, 2018, Sacramento – The California Native Plant Society has published a land management guide to help those impacted by last fall’s Wine Country wildfires. The non-profit recently provided more than 17,000 free copies to area property owners, and expects to distribute thousands more.

A free downloadable version of the guide is also available at

“Following devastating fires like these, people are faced with many questions including what to do on their land in the recovery process,” said Julie Evens, a vegetation ecologist and director of the CNPS Vegetation Science Program. “This guide is a compilation of science-based information from trusted experts to help people tackle issues like erosion and tree damage, to help guide restoration and landscaping plans, and to help prepare for future fires.”

Created in collaboration with fire experts statewide and numerous North Bay partner organizations, the guide covers what to do – and not do – with private property following a fire. Sections cover:

  • Frequently asked questions
  • Care and recovery
  • Erosion control
  • Fire preparedness
  • Seeding
  • Process flow decision trees and more

The 64-page Fire Recovery Guide is designed to serve landowners in the North Bay, but CNPS hopes this material can be expanded and adapted to benefit others throughout the state.

Fire is a natural part of California’s ecosystems, but expanding development combined with climate change make fire a complicated and daunting force to address.

“We hope this resource 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,” said CNPS Executive Director Dan Gluesenkamp.


  1. Is it possible to get a hard copy of the CNPS Fire Recovery Guide? We had 400 acres burned in the November Camp Fire in Butte County.

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