Community - March 16, 2011

Briefs: Workshop: Keeping wildfires at bay

The residents of Woodside and Portola Valley live in forest-like settings that are vulnerable to wildfire. A free daylong "firewise" workshop for anyone living in the Woodside Fire Protection District is set for Friday, March 25, in Independence Hall at the corner of Whiskey Hill and Woodside roads in Woodside.

The day begins at 9 a.m. and includes refreshments and lunch. To reserve one of the 50 available seats, call the fire district at 851-1594.

The workshop, "Assessing wildfire hazard in the home ignition zone," includes a two-hour field trip in the afternoon to assess the vulnerability of two residences. The day's events represent an opportunity to learn how to conduct a similar evaluation of one's own property, Town Manager Susan George said in statement.

The workshop instructor is a "nationally recognized expert in the field" and "past participants have found that they can readily apply the valuable information they gained from the session," Ms. George said.

Helping care for orphaned birds

The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA's Wildlife Rescue Center is holding orientations for volunteers interested in helping care for orphaned baby birds.

Visit to apply and receive orientation dates. When completing the online application, select "Baby Bird" from the options. You can also call Asha Singh at 340-7022, ext. 370.


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