To date, 102 tons of wildfire fuel have been removed from the Columbia Valley area thanks to grant funding, volunteers, and community member participation in the wood chipping events over the last 3 years.
To keep building on that momentum, the Foothills Community Alliance (FCA) with a sponsorship from the Mount Baker Foundation have made another wood chipping event possible. This special chipping event will take place in late June to help reduce wildfire fuel right before the 4th of July and as we head into the dry, summer drought season.The chipping truck will be driving through Columbia Valley neighborhoods and chipping brush piles directly from resident's front yards.
This is a free event, but registration is required, and space is limited. Assistance is available to those who need help gathering limbs and brush from their yards. Volunteers are also needed. Please contact Rebecca Cayen by June 20th to register at: ColumbiaValleyWA@gmail.com or at 360-510-3137.
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
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
https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detailfull/national/technical/cp/ncps/?cid=nrcs143_026849#U – Woody Residue Treatment (Code 384), Fuel Break (Code 383) & Forest Stand Improvement (Code 666)