NFPA announces Firewise plant calendar photo contest winners

Published on April 16, 2012

Winning entries to be featured in the official 2013 Firewise calendar

April 16, 2012 – The National Fire Protection Association’s Firewise Communities Program has announced the winners of the Firewise Plant Calendar Photo Contest. The calendar, which serves as a valuable resource for homeowners, landscapers, planners and others involved in home building and landscape maintenance, will be available later this year through the program’s online catalog.

Entrants submitted original photos of Firewise plants, flowers, trees, shrubs and grasses found in their region, and included information about the plant’s geographic location, a description of the plant and its ideal growing conditions. The winning photos were chosen based on their uniqueness and creativity, and will be included in the 2013 Firewise calendar.

Ten winners were chosen and prizes include an Amazon gift card. The contest winners are:

  • Michieal Abé, Wasilla, Alaska
  • Connie Berg, Duvall, Washington
  • Ronald Billings, College Station, Texas
  • Liron Galliano, McClellan, California
  • Jeannine Giuffre, Tehachapi, California
  • Mike Kuhns, Logan, Utah
  • Audrey Lawson, Salem, Oregon
  • Jim McFarland, Ashland, Oregon
  • Richard Nelson, Pocatello, Idaho
  • Patricia Peters, Cragsmoor, New York

The Firewise Communities Program encourages local solutions for wildfire safety by involving homeowners, community leaders, planners, developers, firefighters and others in creating fire-adapted communities – places where people and property are safer from the risk of brush, grass and forest fires.

One of the primary principles of the program involves creating a Firewise landscape around a house to help decrease the risk of spreading wildfire. All vegetation has the potential for becoming fuel for a fire. There are no “fireproof” plant species, however, designated Firewise plants are more fire resistant because they have a higher moisture content, grow lower to the ground and often don’t accumulate large amounts of combustible dead branches, needles or leaves, which create fuel for a wildfire. A state list of native Firewise plants is available on the Firewise website.

More information about Firewise plants and landscaping can be found on the homeowners page of the Firewise website.

About Firewise
The Firewise Communities Program encourages local solutions for wildfire safety by involving homeowners, community leaders, planners, developers, firefighters and others in creating fire-adapted communities – places where people and property are safer from the risk of brush, grass and forest fires. Firewise is a program of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and co-sponsored by the USDA Forest Service, the US Department of the Interior and the National Association of State Foresters.

About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
NFPA is a worldwide leader in fire, electrical, building, and life safety. The mission of the international nonprofit organization founded in 1896 is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education.

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Media Contact: Lorraine Carli, +1 617 984-7275
Program Contact: Michele Steinberg, +1 617 984-7487

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