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Firewise USA©
Being Firewise begins with you. The Firewise USA© standards are designed and maintained to give you maximum flexibility in creating the best plan for your community.

Interface South
InterfaceSouth and its sister center, Urban Forestry South, are the technology transfer centers of the Southern Research Station research work unit called SRS-4952: Integrating Human and Natural Systems in Urban and Urbanizing Environments and are jointly referred to as the Centers for Urban and Interface Forestry. InterfaceSouth focuses on heightening awareness of and providing information about wildland-urban interface issues in the South and nationwide.

Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety
The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety's mission is to conduct objective, scientific research to identify and promote effective actions that strengthen homes, businesses, and communities against natural disasters and other causes of loss.

Ready, Set Go! (International Association of Fire Chiefs)
The Ready, Set, Go! (RSG) program is a collaborative process that can improve coordination and communication between emergency response agencies and the community. Developing the Ready, Set, Go! program in your community can help build partnerships and clarify and refine priorities to protect life, property, infrastructure and valued resources.

Wildfire/Fire Service Agencies and Organizations

North Carolina Forest Service (NCFS)
The mission of the NC Forest Service is to develop, protect, and manage the multiple resources of North Carolina's forests through professional stewardship, enhancing the quality of life for our citizens while ensuring the continuity of these vital resources.

North Carolina State Firemen's Association
The mission of the North Carolina State Firemen's Association is to serve our 51,000+ members. We will respond to our member's needs by using effective means of communication, providing defined financial benefits and developing needed programs.

North Carolina Association of Fire Chiefs
The mission of the North Carolina Association of Fire Chiefs is to provide a wide range of programs designed to meet the needs and enhance the skills of Fire Service Managers so they may better protect and educate the fire service and public from the adverse effects of fire, sudden medical emergencies or exposure of dangerous conditions created by either man or nature.

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
The mission of the international nonprofit NFPA, established in 1896, is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education.

National Wildfire Coordinating Group
The purpose of NWCG is to coordinate programs of...participating wildfire management agencies so as to avoid wasteful duplication and to provide a means of constructively working together. Its goal is to provide more effective execution of each agency's fire management program. The group provides a formalized system to agree upon standards of training, equipment, qualifications, and other operational functions.

Federal Emegency Management Agency: United States Fire Administration
As an entity of the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency, the mission of the USFA is to provide national leadership to foster a solid foundation for our fire and emergency services stakeholders in prevention, preparedness, and response.

USDA Forest Service, Southern Region Fire Prevention

Smokey Bear
The official home on the Web of the "fire preventin' bear", the longest PSA campaign in U.S. history.

Wildland/Urban Interface & Wildland Fire Research

Encyclopedia of Southern Fire Science (ESFS)
ESFS contains over 600 pages of peer-reviewed syntheses of scientific knowledge about fire science in the southern United States. ESFS delivers grounded information to field practitioners and the general public with viewer-navigated text, photos, graphics, plus a large bibliography and access to several fire science databases. We hope that ESFS will provide you with the tools that you need to understand and manage fire.

National Institute of Standards & Technology: Wildland-Urban Interface & Wildland Fires
An overview of ongoing work at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the areas of wildland-urban interface (WUI) and wildland fires.

Spatial Analysis for Conservation & Sustainability (SILVIS): Houses & WUI

USDA Forest Service: Applied Wildland Fire Research in Support of Project Level Hazardous Fuels Planning - Other Tools & Resources
This project's purpose is to provide decision support in the form of research information and new tools for project-level fuels planning. Our goal is to improve access and use of research information. The synthesis represents the collective judgment of the most knowledgeable scientific experts in forest, wildlife and plant ecology, fire behavior, fire ecology, social science and other fields.

Landscaping & Plant Information

Coastal Wildscaping
Coastal Wildscaping is a process to restore and preserve the biodiversity of our coastal habitats by reintroducing parts of our natural landscapes (habitats) that are missing and removing introduced exotic/invasive species. The site lists plant and landscape options to maintain and manage natural areas, and create beautiful landscapes.

Firewise Landscaping, Design & Installation
This site deals with designing and installing firewise landscapes in areas known as the wildland-urban interface.

Southeastern Flora
Southeastern Flora is an online resource to assist you in identifying native or naturalized wildflowers you may find in the southeastern United States.

PLANTS Database
The PLANTS Database provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories.

Going Native: Urban Landscaping for Wildlife with Native Plants
With a little planning and careful selection of plants, anyone can have a native plant landscape that works in harmony with the environment, provides a haven for native wildlife, and is attractive in the most urban of settings.

North Carolina State University Master Gardenders Program
The Extension Master Gardeners program is an educational program designed to enhance public education in consumer horticulture.

USDA Forest Service Fire Effects Information System, Tree Shrub & Invasive Plant Listing
FEIS provides up-to-date information about fire effects on plants, lichens, and animals. It was developed at the United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory in Missoula, Montana.

Fire Performance Plant Selector Easy-to-use tool for selecting plants for use in fire-prone urban communities.


NC OneMap
NC OneMap is a public service providing comprehensive discovery and access to North Carolina's geospatial data resources. It is an organized effort of numerous partners throughout North Carolina, involving local, state, and federal government agencies, the private sector and academia. It is the geospatial backbone supporting North Carolina data users. NC OneMap is the State Clearinghouse for geospatial information.