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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

BLM and Partners Join Community to Make the Salmon Firewise Garden a Reality

BLM and Partners Join Community to Make the Salmon Firewise Garden a Reality
Many hands have been getting dirty in the Salmon Firewise Garden. Thanks to a partnership with the Salmon School Garden and the Lemhi Regional Land Trust, the BLM and Idaho Firewise are spreading the Firewise message to the community of Salmon, Idaho.  
Salmon is no stranger to smoke-filled skies. Due to its topography and fuel conditions, residents living in areas like Salmon are at a higher wildfire risk. In 2018, this area experienced 43 wildfires, which burned 59,565 acres. 
For communities like Salmon it’s important for residents to understand their risk of wildfire and how they can defend their home. Firewise is a national, multi-organizational initiative designed to involve homeowners, community leaders, planners, developers and others in the effort to protect homes and businesses from the dangers of wildland fire. The Salmon Firewise Garden aspires to educate children, adults and organizations on Firewise principles.
The Lemhi Regional Land Trust purchased the Salmon School Garden June 9, 2017. This ensured the Salmon School Garden Project a permanent home and invited students to dig in the dirt and stay connected to the area’s agricultural heritage.
The BLM has taught Leadore students fire ecology and behavior at the Garden and plans to continue being a guest teacher. Everyone is welcome to visit the Salmon Firewise Garden and learn how to have a beautifully landscaped yard while reducing your home’s risk of ignition from a wildfire.
The Salmon Firewise Garden is an ongoing project. More plants will be added annually and informational displays will be installed next spring. Stop by and enjoy the garden when you’re in the area!
To learn more about Firewise visit, www.idahofirewise.org