EFFECTIVE MARCH 1ST, 2024, THE EDCFSC WILL CLOSE APPLICATION SUBMISSIONS FOR THE HAZARDOUS TREE REMOVAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM. EDCFSC WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR AND PURSUE ADDITIONAL FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES. PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR FUTURE AVAILABILITY.
The EDCFSC has received State grant funds to provide hazardous tree removal for individual homeowners on the West Slope of El Dorado County who wish to improve the safety of their property and community. This is a cost share program between the El Dorado County Fire Safe Council and those who own their home, to help mitigate the costs of felling dead and dying trees.
We are partnering with Mason, Bruce, & Girard, Inc. to offer a free assessment of hazardous trees on your property by ISA-Certified Arborists. This assessment will identify hazardous trees on your property which are beetle-infested, dead, or dying, and could potentially fall on a permitted structure, driveway or access road leading to those structures. If hazardous trees are identified, EDCFSC will provide a maximum of $4,000 of tree felling and chipping services per property, WITH the property owner’s contribution of 25% of the cost ($1000 paid directly to the contractor) for a total of $5000 in tree service work. For example, a $2500 dollar job will cost the homeowner $625. Those who are within El Dorado County’s household low-income threshold will be exempt from the 25% contribution.
Trees that may be felled and treated under this program include:
• Dead and dying trees within 150 feet of permitted structure, driveway, or access road
• Trees with symptoms of an active beetle infestation, such as pitch globules (pictured left)
• No clumps of dead trees under 7 inches DBH (can utilize the chipping program)
• Any tree with active beetles within 300 feet of structure
The project will consist of the following steps for each property:
Participating in this program, you will be doing your part to improve the safety of the community. Removing hazardous trees on your property can help prevent accidents, damage to property, and improve access to the area in case of an emergency. The proactive removal of stressed or infested trees can also prevent future tree mortality by greatly slowing the spread of invasive beetles.
Depending on enrollment, project work may be scheduled in conjunction with other properties in the area. For questions regarding this program contact the Hazardous Tree Representative at 530-786-0399.