[6/15/16] Free Brush Chipping Extended

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Last weekend’s pilot run of a free brush chipping and dumping event proved to be a success. So successful, in fact, that the City of Chelan will host another round this weekend as they continue in their quest to de-fuel the valley as we head into the heart of wildfire season.


Funding for last weekend’s chipping was made by Department of Natural Resources, as well as the City of Chelan.

This upcoming weekend, chipping will be paid for by Chelan County and Department of Ecology.


Amanda Levesque (levesk) is an Education and Outreach Specialist and Firewise Program Manager for Cascadia Conservation District. She says they were pleased with the number of private landowners who participated in last weekend’s chipping event…

 Levesque says Cascadia’s role in this extended 2-weekend Free chipping event, is primarily focused on Firewise and helping communities prepare for the wildfire season.


In fact, she explains, Cascadia is currently hosting a Firewise Challenge…

 And you, too can help prepare the community for the next wildfire. You are asked to remove any fuels- brush, shrubs plants or trees that could act as a fuel source in a fire event- and take that to this weekend’s Free brush chipping at the Chelan Transfer Station.


Levesque says there is a definite increase in awareness and understanding with the Firewise Program- specifically after the past two summers…

 Again, the second weekend of free brush chipping will be this coming Friday, June 17 – 10 AM until 5PM and Saturday, June 18 – 9AM until 4PM.