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Firewise Zoning Workshops Offered in Charlevoix, Traverse City, and Manistee


Firewise Zoning Workshops
Addressing Wildfire Hazards Through Zoning--a Firewise Approach 

Michigan experiences an average of 8,000 to 10,000 wildfires each year. While most of these fires are small, each year wildfire damages property and risks human life. The 10 largest fires between 2006 and 2012 in Michigan consumed more than 60,000 acres and destroyed approximately 250 homes and structures. Fortunately, individuals and communities can take steps to protect against wildfire and coexist with this naturally occurring phenomenon.

MSU Extension prepared the Sample Wildfire Hazard Zoning for Michigan local governments to consider addressing wildfire mitigation and protection through local zoning. Four approaches are presented that range from educating property owners in wildfire hazard areas to regulating property access, landscaping, and building materials. The range of approaches is presented for local governments to select the most appropriate option, based on local conditions and circumstances. In total, the four approaches are intended to allow any community with wildfire risk to incorporate ‘firewise’ principles in the zoning ordinance.


This workshop is being offered only in Manistee. Completion of this workshop qualifies as 3 MCP credits. Register by March 25th to receive the early bird rate:


Wednesday, March 19th  - CANCELLED


In Traverse City
Monday, March 24th  - CANCELLED


In Manistee
Monday, March 31st (6pm-9pm) at Manistee City Hall
Early Bird $55 through March 25; $70 afterwards

Click to REGISTER for workshop in Manistee NOW!
  After you have registered for the workshop in Manistee, if you wish to pay by credit card, click: Pay by Credit Card.
  or you may pay by check: Please make check payable to: Northwest Michigan Council of Governments, 
  PO Box 506, Traverse City, MI 49685-0506




Elaine M. Bush - MSUE Extension Educator
Bush is the Extension Educator for Manistee County and a member of the Greening Michigan Institute (GMI) where is is active in the Government & Public Policy workgroup. Her primary educational responsibilities for 2014 include Firewise, focusing on wildfire prevention. She also serves as  MSU Extension’s point of contact (POC) for the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) and represents MSU Extension on’s wildfire community of practice, eWIN (Wildfire Information Network).

Kurt Schindler, AICP
Land Use Educator, Michigan State University Extension




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