Firewise Landscaping

Title and Description

Firewise Landscaping

Home survival in wildfire prone areas depends on a combination of appropriate landscape design, adequate vegetation management in the area surrounding your home (i.e., your “defensible space”) and choices regarding building materials and design decisions for the home or building. Yvonne Barkley has been educating audiences about fire in the wildland/urban interface and firewise landscaping since 1995. JoAnne Skelly has been teaching “Firescaping – Landscape Design for Wildfire Defense” since 1999. This one-hour webinar will focus on the following topics: fire in the wildland/urban interface, firewise landscape design principals, plant selection and maintenance.

To find out more on this new concept, and how you can incorporate this into your extension program, participate in a May 3, 2012 webcast hosted by the Extension Wildfire Information Network.

Date and Time Held

May 3, 2012

1:00 pm (Eastern), 12:00 pm (Central), 11:00 am (Mountain), 10:00 am (Pacific)

Recording and Resources

Recorded Webcast: Firewise Landscaping
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Presentation Slides (PDF)


About the Speakers

Yvonne Barkley

Yvonne is the Associate Extension Forester at the University of Idaho and has been in her current position since 1990. She earned a B.S degree in Environmental Studies from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL and a M.S. in Forest Resources and a partially completed a PhD in Forest Resources at the University of Idaho. Past experience includes working as an arborist and tree care specialist, a grower/supervisor in several commercial nursery operations, and as a research associate in forestry, micro-propagation, and reclamation of strip mines. She also served two years in the U.S. Peace Corps as an Extension Agricultural and Forestry Agent with the Ministry of Natural Resources in Honduras. Yvonne’s areas of expertise are forest and nursery management, forest ecology, wildland/urban interface fire, and hardwoods as alternative tree crops.


JoAnne Skelly

JoAnne Skelly earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Ornamental Horticulture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and a Master of Science Degree in Natural Resource Management from the University of Nevada. She is an Extension Educator for Carson City/Storey County with the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. Her areas of specialization include:

Firescaping – Landscape Design for Defensible Space
Integrateded Pest Management
Integrated Landscape Design
Volunteer Management
Building Community Capacity



Topics Addressed

1. Fire-based ecosystems
2. Firewise landscape design principles
– Goals and objectives
– Areas of vulnerability
3. Firescaping
– Defensible space components
– Plant selection
4. Cultural practices

Additional Information:

eXtension Wildfire Information Network Webcast Series
How to Participate in eWIN Webcasts
eWIN Webcast Troubleshooting