Fire hazard and defensible landscaping will be topics at Redlands Horticultural and Improvement Society program – Redlands Daily Facts

Rebecca Levers, a certified University of California naturalist, will speak on “High Fire Hazard Severity Zones Within Redlands City Limits and Wildfire Basics” when the Redlands Horticultural and Improvement Society meets 7 pm Thursday, Nov. 17, at Redlands Church of the Nazarene, 1307 E. Citrus Ave.

Levers will discuss fire hazard severity zones and defensible landscaping, and her presentation will include an evacuation exercise.

Levers, who grew up on a small farm in the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains, has long been interested in both cultivated crops and native plants.

After retirement, she returned to school and received a Bachelor of Science degree in earth and environmental sciences with an emphasis in hydrology, according to a news release.

She also completed Master Gardener training in 2014, is a member of the California Native Plant Society and volunteers at the UCR Botanic Garden.

Redlands Horticultural and Improvement Society programs are open to the public. For information, go to

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