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Mariposa Master Gardeners Firescaping Workshop

Written by Bob Labozetta —

MARIPOSA — As is being witnessed now, wildland fire is the #1 natural disaster in Mariposa County, note members of Mariposa Master Gardeners.

“Common to our Mediterranean climate at this time of year, wildfire is first and foremost among county residents’ concerns,” they say, asking, “How does one live in harmony within our natural wonderland while landscaping for both beauty and fire safety?”

Addressing this concern, a free public workshop by the Mariposa Master Gardeners is slated for Saturday, Aug. 19, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon in the Board of Supervisors Chamber, located at 5100 Bullion Street in Mariposa.

Michael S. Beaudoin of the Mariposa County Fire Safe Council will present “Firescaping & What to Change in a Changing Forest,” an examination of living well and safely in fire prone rural areas.

Topics of his presentation include a brief introduction to the phenomenon of fire, fire history in our area and beyond, defining and creating a defensible space around homes, fire wise landscaping, and fire wise landscaping resources available to county residents. During and after his presentation Michael will answer questions from the group.

Besides being eminently qualified to present, Michael is also one of our own Mariposa Master Gardeners.

Participants are asked to register at the website through this link: Firescaping Workshop registration, or call (209) 966-2417 to receive handouts and be notified of any last minute changes.

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