Next Online Workshop
Wednesday, September 15 at 6:00 PM
In partnership with the City of Malibu, learn landscaping and irrigation techniques to safeguard your home from wildfires. During this interactive session, have your specific questions answered by a subject matter expert.
Email Jenyffer Vasquez with questions or for more information.
Palos Verdes Peninsula Workshop
This workshop was held on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.
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What is Firescaping?
Firescaping uses landscaping techniques and native plants to protect your home from wildfires. These practices combined with smart irrigation systems can help safeguard your home, use less water, and save money on your water bill.
Why is Firescaping important?
California has dry, windy, and often hot weather conditions from spring through fall. These specific conditions in combination with climate change, can produce moderate to severe wildfires. Firescaping allows you to:
Identify high-risk landscapes
Learn which plants and building materials help minimize damage
Get tips for reducing your fire risk
Make your home firefighter-accessible
Why focus on the Palos Verdes Peninsula?
The Palos Verdes Peninsula encompasses four cities within West Basin’s service area: Rancho Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, Rolling Hills, and Rolling Hills Estates. The Peninsula is known for its beautiful open canyons, hills and coastal bluffs covered with brush. As such, this type of landscaping makes the area vulnerable to wildfires and associated hazards.
Workshop Instructor – Douglas Kent MS, MLA
Author of the best selling book on property protection in the U.S. (Firescaping), Douglas Kent has been working to create fire-protected communities since 1993. He has worked with high-risk communities throughout California and has been on the front lines of many wildfires.
Kent has taught at the California Polytechnic University, Pomona, since 2008.
For the April 2021 workshop, the first 25 registrants were eligible to receive a copy of Firescaping: Protecting Your Home with a Fire-Resistant Landscape, a book written by workshop instructor Douglas Kent.