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COMMUNITY CHIPPER PROGRAM

Welcome to the Mendocino County Fire Safe Council’s (MCFSC) Community “Chipper Day” Program. A Chipper Day is when neighbors in a defined area do defensible space and/or roadside clearing projects.  Then we arrange to have a chipper crew come chip all of the limbs and brush and either scatter or haul it away – which significantly reduces the cost and labor involved in making your neighborhood and home safer in the event of a wildfire.

Currently the MCFSC has funding for a limited number of chipper days that can happen throughout Mendocino County in 2021 (we are working on getting more).

You can use our new automated program reserve a space for yourself as part of a community chipper days.   Use the link below to determine if there is a date scheduled for your address and, if so, make your reservation.  Then let your neighbors know about the opportunity! 
If there is not a chipper day scheduled in your area the system will put your address on a waiting list, which will help us determine where to schedule future days.
Please sign up if you don’t see a date below in your area!

 

To sign up go to:  https://www.chipperday.com/mendocino

Currently scheduled days are below

Date Location
May 10 Albion
May 11 Albion
May 12 Comptche
May 13 RedwoodValley
May 17 Lambert Lane Boonville
May 18 Yorkville Ranch Rd
May 19 Yorkville
May 27 Low Gap- Ukiah
June 7 South Fort Bragg
June 15 Gualala

For a bit more of an orientation check out this Chipper Day video produced by one of our project partners Family Tree Resource:
https://youtu.be/cqO8KuHDfXs  NOTE:  Depending on a number of factors we may not have a truck that can haul away chips in your area so we would only be able to provide service if we can broadcast or pile chips at your locationin your area.  Please note if you will not be able to accept chips on site as part of your application.

Thanks for checking out the program. Working together we can all make Mendocino County a safer, more wildfire resilient home for us all!

What Makes a Good Chipper Pile?

If you have a Community Chipper Day scheduled for your area soon
please see this document for the detailed requirements for your chipper
pile.

Chipper pile guidelines

 

General guidelines are:

  • brush must be clean of metal, rock, or other debris that may damage equipment or pose a risk to operators (bulldozed or machine stacked piles cannot be processed);
  • individual piles should be no larger than one large pickup-truckload in size and no taller than 5′;
  • no material should be longer than 10 feet long or 6 inches in diameter;
  • piles should not include any roots or stumps, poison oak, oleander, vines, spiny plants, roses, blackberry, broom or gorse (or other known invasive species),  rakings or piles of needles, leaves or grass, construction type wood or fence posts;
  • piles should be near the road or drive, accessible to the crew and not on a steep slope, cut ends should face in the same direction, toward the road, and all piles must be in locations readily accessible for a large chipper truck towing a chipper;
  • if possible, brush-cutting should occur within a few days of Chipper Days, for easier chipping and reduced fire risk from piles sitting out on roadsides;
  • crews should never be interrupted or distracted while working;
  • landowners may choose whether chips will be removed or left onsite (unless invasive species are detected in a chipper in which case all chipped material will need to be hauled away).

If your pile does not comply with the above guidelines it will not be chipped and you will be responsible for disposing of the unchipped material.  Thanks for helping make Community Chipper Days possible and Mendocino County a safer place to live.

workers turn trees into wood chips