Columbia Valley: Roving Chipper Month

04/12/21 - 08:00 am

Chipper event

All Columbia Valley residents are invited to participate in this FREE chipping month!  Cleaning up tree limbs and brush around your home helps reduce your wildfire risk.  Dead branches and limbs dry out quickly in the summer and can easily ignite and spread fire given the right circumstances.
The chipper will come around through neighborhoods where there are participating residents and chip up piles that have been dragged to the end of the driveway and are stacked according to details specified below.  

Stacking and Sizing Specification for Chipping Piles:
•    No limbs or brush larger than 6” diameter
•    Limbs and brush only – no rootwads, stumps, lawn clippings, raked leaves, trash or non-woody debris.
•    Everything must be stacked pointing the same direction – tangled piles will not be chipped

A properly stacked pile is not only for improved efficiency, but also for the safety of the workers loading the chipper. 

Sign up is ongoing, but registration required!!  
To register, please contact Rebecca Cayen at 360-510-3137 or
First come, first served!:
If you need assistance cleaning up limbs around your property, there will be volunteers available to help.  Please let Rebecca know when you register.


Watch for Nesting Birds:
Columbia Valley chipping event organizers recognize the importance of keeping birds in mind when promoting hazardous fuels reduction and woody residue treatment activities.
The following will be considered during fuels reduction activities taking place on private property leading up to the scheduled community chipping events:
•    August through February is the best time to remove hazard trees, downed debris, prune low-hanging tree limbs, and remove ladder fuels so as not to disturb bird habitat
•    Before beginning pruning or downed debris removal, check for bird activity or nests.
If you find a nest, give space and work elsewhere.
•    Consider replacing flammable, hazardous, or invasive vegetation with native fire-resistant plants to enhance bird and pollinator habitat in your landscape 

Additional Resources: – Woody Residue Treatment (Code 384), Fuel Break (Code 383) & Forest Stand Improvement (Code 666)


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