County chipping program available
Sonoma County’s Residential Curbside Chipper program has recently started. This free curbside chipper service supports residents in creating defensible space around their homes and reduces vegetation along access routes.
This program is for properties in unincorporated Sonoma County. There have been some changes made this season to enhance the program. The most important change is residents must use SoCo Report It, the County’s Online Reporting System, to submit applications. Go to this website.
Paper applications will no longer be accepted. The County crew will provide up to two hours of complimentary chipping which, on average, is enough time to chip a pile of vegetation that is approximately 50 feet long, 3 feet tall, and 8 feet wide.
The program, which is offered May-November (weather dependent), is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Because of the commitment to promote and assist in creating defensible space, a total of 468 jobs were completed in 2019.
“By reducing vegetation and creating defensible space around structures, property owners play an active role in helping their communities to be safe,” stated Sonoma County Fire Marshal James Williams.
At the start of this season, over 90 residents are already signed up for participation, spanning the County from Cloverdale/north to Sonoma/south; Kenwood/east to Jenner/west. Those interested in participating are encouraged to submit their online applications as soon as possible.
To learn more about this program and to find out how to sign up visit this site online.