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Free Chipping Program

SSFSC sponsors a free brush and wood chipping program twice a year, Spring and Fall. It’s propose is to encourage and support homeowners in creating and maintaining a defensible space around their homes. You cut the brush and trees and create your defensible space, then stack it along your driveway or access road, SSFSC schedules and sends professional crews to your home to turn them into chips. The chips are left on site for you to use as much or ground cover.

SSFSC uses community volunteers to organize and supervise the program which includes the advertising, inspection and onsite supervision of the crews. The crews are hired on a competitive basis and must have current contractor license and appropriate insurance. Generally, our costs run around $325 per hour. This makes scheduling and proper stacking of piles extremely important since we cover such a large area along Skyline Blvd.

It is all free to our customers thanks to support through grants from the following organizations:

  • San Mateo FireSafe Council
  • Santa Clara FireSafe Council
  • FireSafe Santa Cruz
  • Mid-Peninsula Regional Open Space District
  • South Skyline Association
  • Pacific Gas & Electric
  • As well as donations from community people like you
The Fall, 2019 Free Chipping Program is now open!  Sign up before October 1st, 2019 for chipping in the second half of the month!  Someone will visit your brush piles in late October.

This is a FREE program from your South Skyline FireSafe Council.  A team of 5 bonded tree service professionals will be on-site doing this work.  You can help offset some of the cost of this service by clicking the  button below:

Donations

Here is some of the feedback from your neighbors who participated last year:

                                -- Dave

Thank you again for providing this important service the our community!!!!
                                -- The Irwin family

I got home Tuesday afternoon to no more piles! Thank you for the service and helping us keep our property more "defensible". Everything was left in great condition!
                                -- Debra and Don

Thanks for the great job on the chipping at our place.
                                -- Baylor and Linda

You guys were so efficient and good!  Thanks-and please let me know how I can help with the program next year.
                                -- Barrett

Let me add my thanks as well.  Fantastic program!!!!  Fantastic job!!!!  Thanks you so much for your efforts in making this happen.
                                -- Pat

Thank you Ed and the rest of your wonderful group. Such a great service that you provide to all of us.
                                -- Vicki

Note: Your pile must be a minimum of 500 cubic feet (10x10x5) About 15 minutes of chipping. It can not be larger than 4000 cubic feet (60x12x6) No more than 1 hour of chipping.

No chipping will be done for commercial sites, new land clearing or vacant lots.


DO'S DON'TS
Create defensible space to about 100 feet from structures & 30 feet from access roads. Piles must be free of all roots, stumps, rocks and mud.
Cut ends must face the same direction and point out toward the chipper location. Piles must be free of poison oak, Scotch broom after it seeds, blackberry and vines.
Piles must be located on the uphill side of private road, driveway, or lane with good access. Piles of leaves, pine needles or yard clippings cannot be chipped
Piles must be within 8 feet of the chipper location and 5 feet or less in height and about 10 feet long Piles must be free of all non-vegetative materials (trash, metal, wire, etc).
Material to be chipped must be less than 8 inches in diameter.  SSFSC will not chip for: timber harvest projects, tree farms, new construction or vacant lots.

2019 Fall Chipping Program Application


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