HAZARDOUS TREE REMOVAL PROJECT ANNOUNCED
REDWOOD COMPLEX FIRE: HAZARDOUS TREE REMOVAL PROJECT ANNOUNCED
The County of Mendocino has secured grant funding to support removal of dead or dying hazardous trees on private property within the 2017 Redwood Complex Fire footprint. The County has partnered with the Mendocino County Resource Conservation District (MCRCD) along with the Mendocino County Fire Safe Council, who will be administering the program on behalf of the County. As part of the program, the MCRCD will be conducting public outreach and seeking eligible participants.
To be eligible for the program, participants must meet the following requirements:
• Properties must be located within the Redwood Complex Fire Footprint
• Participants must own the property on which trees are proposed for removal
• Participants must either a) contribute a cost share of $200 per tree, with a maximum contribution of $600 total, or b) agree to dispose of felled trees
Trees eligible for removal must meet all of the following requirements, to be verified by a Registered Professional Forester:
• Be assessed as dead or dying
• Be at least 10 inches in diameter and 20 feet tall
• Be located within 300 feet of a residence or proposed building pad
• Structurally threaten the residence or building pad
To register for this program, please:
1) Download and print the following two (2) forms:
3) Mail your completed Landowner Application and Access Agreement to:
Mendocino County Resource Conservation District
c/o Imil Ferrara
410 Jones St. Ste. C-3
Ukiah, CA 95482
The current estimated timeline for the project can be viewed here.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q1: My home is not within the Redwood Complex Fire footprint; may I still apply?
A1: No, this CAL FIRE California Climate Investment (CCI) Grant was awarded for that area only.
Q2. I have some dead and dying trees that are farther than 300 feet from any structure, can they be removed?
A2: No, this grant only provides for removal of dead and dying trees that pose a risk to a residence and building pad.
Q3. I can’t afford to pay anything; can I still apply and have the trees cut?
A3. Yes, the grant will cover the cost to fell trees and leave on your property. The cost-share of $200 per tree with a $600 maximum is for the removal of trees from your property.
Q4. I have 10 trees that need to be removed; do I have to pay $200 times 10 ($2,000)?
A4. No, the maximum cost-share you have to pay to have trees removed is $600 regardless if you have more than 3 trees that need to be felled and removed.
Q5. Can I keep the felled trees for firewood for myself and family?
A5. Yes, you can keep the felled trees for personal use.
Q6. Can I sell the felled trees?
A6. No, the intent of the grant is to provide a safety service and generating revenue from public funds is not advised. Under the California Forest Practice Act, you must complete a Timber Harvest Plan or Exemption to sell, trade, or barter wood products removed from you land.
Q7. I have live trees that need to be removed, can I pay to have other things removed as well?
A7. No, this grant covers only to cut and remove the trees that the project has identified as hazardous to a residence or building pad.
Q8. I had three dead trees cut down last year that had burned. Can this project remove those trees?
A8. No, this grant only covers felling trees hazardous to residence or building pad. Consider contacting a portable mill owner who may be able to mill the trees on site.
Q9. What if I have contractors ready to go, can I get reimbursed?
A9. No, to take advantage of this grant opportunity, all work must be done by contractors hired by the Mendocino County Resource Conservation District.
Q10. Can I hire my own contractor to fall the trees?
A10. To take advantage of this grant opportunity, all work must be done by contractors hired by the Mendocino County Resource Conservation District. As a public agency we are required to go out to bid to obtain contractors. You may hire your own contactor if you chose not to participate in this grant program.
Q11. Will the stumps be removed?
A11. No, stumps will be left in place.
Q12. Will the contractor buck the tree logs into 16” rounds for firewood or 20-foot lengths for milling?
A12. No, the contractor will buck the logs only as needed to get the log in direct contact with the ground for safety. The grant has a limited amount of funding available and we must make sure that we can mitigate hazard trees for as many landowners as possible with the grant funding.
Q13. What equipment will be brought onto my property to remove the trees?
A13. As a public agency, we must go out to bid to obtain a contractor to complete the work. The exact type of equipment that will be used will depend on which qualified contractor wins the bidding process. Examples of equipment that will be used are an excavator or loader, bucket truck, rubber tired or tracked skidder. A lowboy will be needed to transport equipment and a log truck or dump truck will be necessary to haul the felled trees away.
Q14. Does a pumphouse or barn qualify as a structure for protection under this grant program?
A14. Unfortunately, no. The CAL FIRE grant guidelines only allow for grant funding to be used to mitigate threats to residences and home building pads. Outbuildings are not eligible for this grant program.
Q15. What will happen to all the slash?
A15. The slash (i.e., tops and limbs of felled trees) will be piled under this program. It will be the landowner’s responsibility to burn or chip the piles.
Q16. What if a tree is assessed as potentially hazardous but I want to keep it standing?
A16. You as the landowner have the final say on what is cut and felled. The Registered Professional Forester who
assesses the tree will discuss with the landowner why the tree is considered a potential hazard. If the landowner
still would like to keep the tree after this discussion, the landowner will be asked to sign a waiver stating this is the
Q17. If I choose for the tree to be felled and left on my property, will the contractor stack them in a central location?
A17. No. If you choose to have the trees left on site the contractor will fall them and leave them in place.
Further questions can be directed to:
This project is funded by California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection as part of the California Climate Change Investment Program. “This program will be a big assistance to property owners in the fire affected area in aiding of removing dead or dying trees as a result of the 2017 fire with a minimal contribution. I am very proud of staff’s hard work and efforts spent in securing the grant,” stated Nash Gonzalez, Recovery Director.
The Mendocino County Fire Safe Council, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit partnership of persons, agencies, and organizations seeking to help people, property, and resources survive and thrive in our wildfire-prone environment.
The Fire Safe Council does not seek to prevent all fires in wildland areas. Instead, it seeks to help persons in wildland areas to prepare for wildfires that are inevitable.
Mendocino County Fire Safe Council
410 Jones Street, Suite C-3
Ukiah, CA 95482