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Free workshop teaches ways to protect homes from wildfires

JACKSONVILLE, March 17, 2014— Homeowners interested in learning how to protect their homes from wildfires will get the opportunity next month.

Texas A&M Forest Service and the Cherokee County Master Gardeners club will host a free workshop to educate residents on the importance of having homes ready in the event of a wildfire.

“Since the busy wildfire season of 2011, we’ve noticed more interest in home protection from wildfires,” said Jason Ellis, district forester at Texas A&M Forest Service. “The intent of this workshop is to provide useful information to homeowners, especially those living in the wildland urban interface.”

The workshop will include an outdoor tour of the Firewise Demonstration Garden and cover a variety of topics including: East Texas wildfire history, Firewise landscaping, fire resistant plants, fuels reduction, and wildfire preparedness.

The course is from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., April 5, at the Ruth Bowling Nichols Arboretum, 1015 SE Loop 456 Jacksonville, TX. It is located behind the Texas A&M Forest Service District office.

There is no cost to attend the workshop, but space is limited to 60 participants. For more information or to register, contact Jason Ellis at jellis@tfs.tamu.edu at the Texas A&M Forest Service office at 903-586-7545.

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