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Firewise Recognition Program

Dedication to Preservation

Woodside is a beautiful, wooded community featuring lushly landscaped parks and common areas, nature preserves home to pristine forests and wetlands, all showcasing a lovely variety of trees, plants and flowers providing natural habitats for birds and wildlife. As part of our dedication to nature preservation, the Woodside Property Owner’s Association recently completed the National Forestry Commission’s Firewise Communities Recognition Program. This dedication to the environment and commitment to its protection and preservation was a key element to Southern Living in its recent addition of Woodside as an Inspired Community. The designation as a Firewise Community is recognition by the National Forestry Commission of Woodside’s commitment to the environment.

Firewise Community Program Requirements

  • Obtain a wildfire risk assessment as a written document from your state forestry agency or fire department.
  • Form a board or committee, and create an action plan based on the assessment.
  • Conduct a “Firewise Day” event.
  • Invest a minimum of $2 per capita in local Firewise actions for the year.
  • Submit an application to your state Firewise liaison.
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Firewise Recognition Program Benefits

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    Framework for Action

    Meeting the criteria for becoming a Firewise Communities/USA site helps communities get organized and find direction for their wildfire safety efforts. Like the first rungs on a ladder, the criteria help get a community started toward annual, systematic action to reduce their risks from brush, grass and forest fires.

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    Learning About Wildfire

    As people go through the Firewise process, they learn about wildfire risks in the community and the simple things they can do to reduce them. They connect with experts – local fire fighters, state forestry professionals, and national researchers – to continue to learn about fire and find resources to accomplish Firewise actions.

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    Peace of Mind

    People who work with experts to learn about wildfire and take action start to see results quickly. Knowing that they are using the best information available and actually taking steps to reduce the risk of damage from fire helps people start to feel safer in their environment and in their homes. Having a plan for what to do in the event of a fire helps people become calmer and more prepared to act quickly.

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    Community Building

    As neighbors get together to do Firewise work, often meeting one another for the first time, they build a stronger bond with each other. Firewise activity can help rally people to a common cause for the good of the neighborhood. This strengthening of community ties can benefit residents in many ways, and is especially helpful during an emergency.

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    Citizen Pride

    While Firewise work can be fun, it isn’t always easy. Neighbors work very hard in Firewise communities to remove brush and debris, clean up common areas, and dispose of green waste. They are rightly proud when they achieve national recognition for their efforts.

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    Publicity

    The national Firewise program provides communities with metal signs, a plaque and other materials that can be presented publicly to honor their status as a Firewise Communities/USA recognition site. These recognition ceremonies are great ways to shine the spotlight on community efforts.

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    Access to Funding and Assistance

    Preference is sometimes given to Firewise Communities/USA sites over other candidates when allocations of grant money are made for wildfire safety or fuel mitigation. The reason is that there are invariably more requests than available funds when grants are available through state or federal agencies. If requests are equally worthy, some officials tend to have more confidence in communities that have demonstrated the foresight of becoming a recognized Firewise Communities/USA site.