What's a Chipper Day?
An opportunity to have your fire-prone shrubs, small trees, low hanging branches, and yard cleanup materials shredded and removed for FREE. The Town of Corte Madera will supply the chipper and personnel to operate it. The chipper will come to each of our major streets to shred collected piles of debris at designated locations.
Why are Chipper Days being offered?
The Town of Corte Madera knows that Hidden Valley is rated a “high hazard” area for wildfires. We are very much at risk. Chipper days are one of the most cost-effective ways to dispose of flammable plant materials. One of the best ways to reduce the chance of losing our homes is to create a minimum of 10 to 100 feet of defensible space around the home.
What Can You Chip?
There is no limit to the amount you can prepare for chipping. Place small limbs, branches, and brush in a pile for chipping (no logs). Highly flammable species (Bamboo, French and Scotch broom, Acadia, Eucalyptus, Juniper, and Thujia Cypress) must be segregated into a separate pile to be chipped for landfill. Instructions on length and diameter of materials accepted will be posted on the HVNRG website in April.
What Do You Need to Do?
Cut and gather fire-prone plant materials yourself, or hire someone.
Click here for a list of gardeners previously used by Hidden Valley residents.
The town will designate locations on each street where debris should be deposited before the scheduled Chipper Day.
When will Chipper Day Be?
The week of April 29 to May 3rd. Depending on demand, there will be one or two days, to be determined in April, with time and place emailed and posted on our website
How Can You Sign Up for FREE Chipping?
You must sign up with your Block Captain by April 15th, 2019.
See FireSafeMarin website for lists of fire-prone and fire-resistant trees, plants, and shrubs. Fire professionals recommend that flammable trees and shrubs overhanging or extending into our evacuation routes be cut back or removed. Every street in Hidden Valley is an evacuation route!
Help us protect our Hidden Valley neighborhood from a destructive wildfire!
The Hidden Valley NRG Firewise Team, and HVNRG Steering Committee