Public agencies promote native, drought-resistant plants, but at the same time call them ’fuel’ for fires.
Native plants—whatever that means—are all the rage. It means you are supposed to tear out that crap you bought at Home Depot (horticultural plants from Europe, the Mediterranean, Australia—not here, in other words) and replace it with “drought-tolerant native plants.” Except that Home Depot and similar stores, along with many local nurseries, don’t sell them. If they do, it’s a limited offering.
Then we have the confusion about native flora being called “fuel.” It used to be called habitat—forage and cover for wildlife. Now, every native plant is called “fuel” and it’s all out to burn your house down.
It breaks my heart to see my neighbors chopping down their oak trees, thinking they are doing the right thing. (2015) by Virginia Arthur on NewsReview.com https://www.newsreview.com/chico/firestorm-of-confusion/content?oid=18390704&fb_action_ids=10207641979987076&fb_action_types=og.likes