The CNPS Fire Recovery Guide

The California Native Plant Society has produced a Fire Recovery guide that can be downloaded or ordered at


What happens to your land after fire, and what should a concerned property owner do in its aftermath?

The CNPS Fire Recovery Guide addresses those questions in an easy-to-use booklet, created in response to the widespread Wine Country fires. The Guide is a collaborative effort between CNPS, North Bay partner organizations, and some of the best fire experts in the state. Sections include:

  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Dos and Don’ts
  • Care and Recovery
  • Erosion Control
  • Fire Preparedness
  • Seeding
  • Helpful decision trees, and more

While this Guide is designed to serve landowners in the North Bay, our hope is that others will take this material and expand and adapt it to benefit others in need elsewhere in California, today and tomorrow.

Not only is the Guide meant to provide best-practice instructions and resources, we also hope it will encourage conversations about how we can live with fire in an increasingly fire-prone state, while also ensuring there is a place for the beautiful plants and incredible wildlife that make living in California so special.