The Homestead Valley neighborhood held a succesful Chipper Day last week as part of a community effort to prevent wildfires. Residents removed vegetation to help create defensible space for 27 homes on Madrone Park Circle in the unincorporated communitynear Mill Valley.
The chipper day is considered an investment as part of Homestead Valley’s Firewise accreditation, the Homestead Valley Land Trust Firewise site, encompassing 990 homes and nearly 4,000 residents. Fire Safe Marin will provide a $1,500 matching Firewise grant, while Southern Marin Fire Protection District supported the project with $2,500, and more than $3,000 was be contributed byt the neighborhood trust. Residents paid more than $20,000 to cut the yard waste that was stacked in piles along the roadside.
Fire Safe Marin offers matching grants to fund chipper days for communites that are recognized as Firewise USA sites.