Sunday, August 24, 2014, Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District and FIRESafe MARIN will sponsor a “Chipper Day” for all residents of the District. To participate, you must sign up through our new website, www.shpfd.org. Chipper crews will visit your property and dispose of cut vegetation at no cost.
1. Create Defensible Space (it's the law!)
Please review the booklet, “Living With Fire in Sleepy Hollow.” All Sleepy Hollow residents should have received a printed copy by mail in early August, 2014, and a PDF version is available for download here... It contains valuable information regarding wildfire risk, defensible space, and firescaping. Additional information on creating Defensible Space is available at www.firesafemarin.org. The law requires that all property owners remove the flammable vegetation on your property to create a defensible space of at least 100 feet (PRC 4291).
2. Stack Material
- Stack materials curbside, with cut ends facing the road to allow crews to work more efficiently.
- No material should be greater than 3” in diameter.
- Material should be freshly cut. "Green" chips are better than old, dry vegetation and cause less wear to the equipment.
- All vegetative material should be free of rocks, dirt and other foreign material that could damage the equipment. No lumber, fencing, or other materials may be chipped.
- Property owners may be asked to sign a record of the location and hours that were spent cutting the materials to be chipped. This helps us track "volunteer" time for our grant, and makes it more likely that we'll be able to offer this service in the future.
3. Chipper Day Pickup
Go to our website and fill out the simple online form so that we know you have material for pickup. On Sunday, August 24 our “Youth2Work” team will come by your property, pick up your neatly stacked materials, run them through a wood chipper, and then they will be taken to the Marin County Recycling Center. There is no charge for this service
Special thanks to Todd Lando and FIRESafe MARIN for providing a grant to help offset expenses, Supervisor Katie Rice for her support and assistance in planning the project, John Hanley's Youth2Work for providing the labor, Small World Tree Service for the truck and chipper, and The Sleepy Hollow Homes Association for spreading the word and supporting the project.
Please contact SHFPD Director Rich Shortall at 415 457-5271 or visit www.shfpd.org. Our new website contains lots of information about the Fire District and the various services and projects we support.