Grant money is available for Ashland neighborhoods which participate in the simple five step process of becoming a Firewise Community. The funds are for use by participating Firewise Community groups to reduce wildfire hazards in and around Ashland neighborhoods.
Any neighborhood or homeowner’s association in Ashland can join the Firewise Communities program. Ashland Fire & Rescue works with residents to design a Firewise Action Plan to mitigate wildfire hazards in the neighborhood. The grant money helps to remove shrubs, trees and other wildfire fuel, on individual or commonly owned properties, as outlined in the neighborhood plan. Some example uses of grant funds are limbing trees, removing brush, chipping of vegetation on private and common property, transportation and disposal of material, and other projects that reduce hazardous fuels around residential areas. Mowing or trimming of grass and weeds is not included under this grant.
To get started, a neighborhood group can contact Ashland Fire & Rescue’s Firewise Communities Coordinator, Ali True, to get more details of initiating the program in their neighborhood. Homeowner's Associations as well as groups of neighbors are welcome.
Grant funds are provided by the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) with federal funds from the United States Forest Service Biomass grant.