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Fire Smart Landscaping Panel
August 18, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm| Free
While we’ve got our fingers crossed hoping for minimal fire activity in Sonoma County this year, we at Daily Acts also believe in doing our part to minimize the risks of starting and spreading fires. Like wearing a mask and social distancing, being Fire Smart is an act of mutual community defense, and really, an act of love. Whether you have a thousand-acre ranch or small urban yard, there are steps you can take to minimize risk.
If the phrase “defensible space” brings to mind a barren landscape of rocks, fear not! You’ve come to the right place. Daily Acts is thrilled to be partnering with local experts Damien McAnany and Ann Baker to host a discussion of Fire Smart landscaping techniques. We’ll be covering design, plant selection, risk assessment, management techniques and best practices. You’ll have the opportunity to ask Ann and Damien questions so that you can walk away empowered to design or maintain your own beautiful and abundant Fire Smart landscape.
Damien McAnany is the Design Director for Permaculture Artisans. He is thrilled to be in a position where he can influence the design of landscapes to be more in harmony with how nature works. He has been in the landscaping field since 2006 holding positions in ecological restoration, landscape maintenance and construction, arboriculture, project management, estimating, and ecological design. He is an ISA Certified Arborist and an Accredited Professional with the Sustainable SITES initiative of the US Green Building Council (aka LEED for Landscapes). He is a Permaculture teacher and has worked with Geoff’s Lawton’s Greening the Desert project in Jordan.
Ann Baker is principal and owner of Ann Baker Landscape Architecture in Petaluma, CA. Ann specializes in the ecological design of natural and sustainable landscapes with a focus on connecting cultural values with landscape design and care. She does this by focusing on the nexus between social values and ecological health and looking for alignment, integration, and symbiosis between cultural and environmental systems. Ann’s recent work includes leading the team creating the Rebuild Landscape Templates for the Sonoma Water Agency after the 2017 Tubbs Fire, and the 4-acre Wild Garden for the Grace Hudson Museum in Ukiah. Ann is currently a board member of Taking Action for Living Systems working to establish an innovative, ecosystem services and regenerative enterprise-based approach to reduce wildfire hazards, increase climate change resilience, and improve forest health in California’s North Bay. Ann is the current chair of the Petaluma Climate Action Commission. She has a A.B. degree from Harvard University and a Master’s in Landscape Architecture from UC Berkeley and has been a licensed Landscape Architect since 2003.