Forest Service Visits El Dorado County FSC Chipping Project

On June 8th visitors from the US Forest Service Washington office made a tour of sites in El Dorado County including a clearinghouse-funded chipping project of the El Dorado County Fire Safe Council.  The group of close to 30 people made visits to the Forest Service nursery in Camino, a neighborhood in Pollock Pines where the chipping program is active, and an overview of the King Fire area.  A chipping demonstration was provided at the Pollock Pines site  where a homeowner had trimmed and stacked their branches and brush to be chipped.  El Dorado County Fire Safe Council directors and volunteers described increasing interest in the chipping program and the benefit that the chipping service brings, especially to elder members of the community.  The day before the tour, Jerry Davis and Stephen Gort from the California Fire Safe Council met with the tour group and gave an overview of the grants clearinghouse pass-through program and the variety of organizations and projects that are supported with grants clearinghouse funding.  He noted that from 2004 to 2016 more than $90 million in grant dollars has been distributed through nearly 900 separate grants.Forest Service 6_9_16