Grant to fund chipping program |

Grant to fund chipping program

The Fire Safe Council of Nevada County has received a $25,500 grant award from the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District. The grant will be used to fund the popular Defensible Space Chipping Program.

The Fire Safe Council of Nevada County has been struggling to keep its chipping program operational with memberships and donations. The council continually applies for grants to provide landowner assistance programs to Nevada County residents to make the community safer from wild fires.

“We’re proud to partner with the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District on our chipping program,” said Council Executive Director Joanne Drummond.

“Their efforts to reduce vehicle trips to the transfer station while avoiding smoke emissions is ongoing. The opportunity to burn vegetative material is extremely limited, whereas the chipping program operates year-round, weather permitting. Providing funding for the chipping program meets multiple goals in the community.”

Residents in need of chipping services must submit a defensible space chipping form. The form is available online at or by calling the council office at 530-272-1122. The program rotates throughout Nevada County neighborhoods based on a first-come, first-served basis.

To receive priority chipping service, people may become a sustaining member of the Fire Safe Council for service, generally within two weeks. The chipping program is available to all Nevada County residents, regardless of their ability to pay. The Fire Safe Council suggests a donation of $75 per hour for chipping services to help ensure the program can continue when grant funding is not available or insufficient to fully fund the program.

The Fire Safe Council of Nevada County is a nonprofit, local volunteer organization dedicated to making Nevada County safer from catastrophic wild fires through fire prevention education, fire break clearing projects and creating Firewise Communities/USA.

To find out more about the program, visit the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County’s website at or call 530-272-1122.

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