Just released yesterday, the Sierra Nevada Yard and Garden, a homeowners' guide to landscaping in the Sierra Nevada, gives Sierra residents a comprehensive tool for creating Sierra friendly yards. The space around our homes can reduce our risk of wildfire, improve quality and quantity of water, help us to live in harmony with wildlife, improve soils, and create beautiful, easy to maintain landscapes suited to our climate conditions. Writing this book was a collaborative effort: bringing together water quailty, fire, and vegetation recommendations that so often require four or five resources, rather than just one--making it easier for the resident and increacing communication and collaboration between organizations.
The book can be downloaded for free or purchased online from the Sierra Nevada Alliance's website: http://www.sierranevadaalliance.org/publications/SNLG/ .
Additionally, if you are interested in this topic, the Allinace is hosting a workshop, the Sierra Nevada Yard and Garden Summit, on September 12 in North Tahoe. Register now, for the workshop is filling up!