Brush chipping program takes aim at forest fire prevention

14 years ago

Brush chipping program takes aim

at forest fire prevention

By Kathy McCarty
Staff Writer

    Forest rangers and volunteers are once again offering assistance to property owners wishing to clear brush and branches away from structures to help prevent the spread of wildfire. 

    “The Maine Forest Service’s Fuel Reduction Chipping Program were at Walker Siding on Squapan Lake on June 18 and will be in Ashland on June 28. The program is supported by federal funds and is designed to help communities reduce the risk of wildfire near their homes,” said Robby Gross, district forest ranger.
    Homeowners who are interested in participating in this free program area requested to contact the Maine Forest Service at 435-6975.
    “They will need to complete a ‘Request for Chipping Form’ and then place tree limbs and brush roadside by the set dates. The Maine Forest Service and several volunteers from the community or the Public Works Department will chip the brush,” said Gross. “Homeowners interested in keeping their wood chips should indicate so on the form.”
    Gross said, if feasible, the MFS will transport the wood chips to a wood pellet or biomass mill for recycling.
    “The town of Ashland and community of Walker Siding qualified for this program by completing a community wildfire risk assessment with the Maine Forest Service in 2009,” said Gross.