Art Knapp Prince George is among the first Garden Centers in B.C. to launch the FireSmart BC Landscaping Guide and fire-resistant plant tagging program. The guide includes an extensive list of fire-resistant plants, as well as tips on how to create a FireSmart landscape around your property. The plant tagging program visually shows gardeners which plants are considered more fire-resistant at the point of purchase.
The official launch of the guide and the provincial fire-resistant plant tagging program will be taking place at Art Knapp Prince George this Saturday May 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. FireSmart officials will be in attendance to help educate Art Knapp shoppers on the program.
“By making strategic choices in your yard, you can increase the wildfire resiliency of your property,” said Kelsey Winter, Chair of the BC FireSmart Committee. “Physical copies of the FireSmart BC Landscaping Guide are now available for pickup in participating garden centres across the province, and available for download at FireSmartBC.ca”
The FireSmart BC Landscaping Guide is meant to help British Columbians make informed choices about how to manage their lawns and gardens to increase resilience to wildfire on their properties. FireSmart BC’s goal is to recommend species, property layout, and plant care practices that reduce risk to communities from a variety of hazards.
Representatives from the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George (RDFFG) will also be in attendance on Saturday, to sign up interested homeowners for a complimentary FireSmart review, to share wildfire prevention ideas with the homeowner that are specific to their property.
“We are working with the City of Prince George to reduce the risk of wildfire in the community and have identified the neighborhoods of Pidherny, Malaspina and Broddy Road for initial focus to offer these property reviews,” said Anita de Dreu, Emergency Services Coordinator with the RDFFG.
The FireSmart BC Landscaping Guide was created by individuals and organizations from across British Columbia with a passion for FireSmart and landscaping. First Nations community members, representatives from Emergency Management British Columbia (EMBC), the BC FireSmart Committee (BCFSC), the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM), the BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) and the First Nations’ Emergency Services Society (FNESS) participated in developing the guide.
Physical copies of the FireSmart BC Landscaping Guide are available for pickup in participating garden centres across the province. To download a digital copy please visit: https://firesmartbc.ca/resource/landscaping-guide/