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Time & Location
Apr 24, 2023, 7:00 AM – Apr 25, 2023, 4:00 PM
Mirrormont, Mirrormont, WA, USA
About the Event
Chipper Days Spring 2023: April 24–25
The deadline to register is Monday, April 17th. If interested, please read the following information carefully.
The overall objective is to reduce the impact of future wildfires on our community. As an official Firewise Community, we are offering our tenth Firewise Chipper Days event. We will continue on a first-come/first-served basis upon receipt of your $25 co-pay for MCA members to have wood piles chipped. It’s not too late to become an MCA member and you can easily pay membership dues online at https://www.mirrormont.org/shop
Free Voluntary Residential Wildfire Risk Assessments
We are continuing our emphasis on individual homeowners inviting Michael Lasecki Senior Resource Specialist, Forest Stewardship and Wildfire Resiliency King Conservation District (KCD) – to conduct free wildfire risk assessments. To request this free non-regulatory assessment use this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdSwEUSSLDWhd6ISdS3GyAnHLiuvyMKdWCd6wcDW8d4OBUk9w/viewform For more info see Wildfire Risk Assessments and watch this webinar “Managing Wildfire Risk to Western Washington Communities” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tV3ua1c_hhk
HELP US GET FUNDING: Over the past 10 years we have had government grant assistance. Increasing the number of Mirrormont residents that participate in the wildfire risk assessments can improve our chances of future government funding assistance. Please schedule one soon!
Summary of Important Dates
April17th Deadline to Register and Pay $25 Co-Pay
April 22nd Complete Piles of Branches
April 23rd Post Assigned Flow Number on Pile
April 24th–25th Chipping Occurs
April 29th Deadline for Emailing Work Hours
Jessie McCune of Issaquah Tree Care has agreed to implement our Spring 2023 project as he did our 2021 and 2022 Chipper Days.
LIMITS: To make the project manageable and within MCA resources, we need to limit the number of participants to a maximum of 60 and limit the size of piles. Your $25 co‑pay and MCA dues will cover chipping of a single pile of branches up to 4-ft.high x 8-ft.wide (cut ends out) x 10-ft. deep. Branches must be less than 10-ft. long and less than 6” in diameter. Participants may have a second pile; however, they would need to submit an additional $25 co-pay. No rope, nails, metal, rocks, plastic, lumber, or invasive plants (such as ivy, holly, blackberries, yellow archangel, bindweed aka morning glory). This is at least a $500 value. THE DETAILS(please read and comply!): • Firewise Community Chipper Days will be held April 24th–25th.
• The MCA sponsors and funds this event.
To Be Eligible:
1. You must be up to date with your 2023 dues. You can easily pay online at https://www.mirrormont.org/shop
2. You must have an easily visible street address sign by the side of your driveway (a reflective, two-sided MCA-sponsored signpost — or your own sign). For info on MCA signposts, see https://www.mirrormont.org/post/address-signposts-help-others-find-us
3. TRACK YOUR HOURS! Firewise eligibility is based on volunteer hours worked, so please keep track of any Firewise related hours worked in your yard or at the park. You will be asked to report these after Chipper Days. This work can include preparing for Chipper Days, removing heavy accumulations of ground litter/debris, dead plant and tree material out to 200 feet from your home, and removing flammable debris from roofs or removing or replacing flammable materials (such as: leaves, wood chips, and wood storage, etc.) five feet from your home and decks.
Once Eligible, Now What?
1. Register for Chipper Days at https://www.mirrormont.org/shop
a. Register and pay $25 online with the following information:
ii. Street Address
iii. Phone number
v. Number of piles
vi. Do you want the chips placed on your property? YES/NO
(note: this could be up to a 14-cubic yard truckload).
b. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about your membership status.
c. Deadline: 5:00 PM on April 17th.
2. Finish making your pile of branches
a. Stack branches by the side of a Mirrormont road with the cut (fattest) ends facing out in one direction.
b. Deadline: April 22rd.
3. Assess the size of your pile
a. If larger than the 4’x8’x10’ size listed above (see LIMITS section) then you must submit a $25
co-pay for each additional pile.
i. Deadline: April 22rd.
b. If your pile is less than the 4’x8’x10’ size limit, the co-pay is still $25.
4. Write or print out and post ‘Flow Number-House Number’ on your pile.
a. ‘Flow Number-House Number’ will be assigned and emailed to you before April 23rd. For example, #21—14985. Write or print out the Flow Number—House Number with “Chips YES/NO” in a Ziploc bag to protect it from rain and post it on your pile. (Identify where you want chips placed with tarp or other obvious signage. It must be close to a Mirrormont road where the chipper truck can dump.). Contact email@example.com if you don’t get a Flow Number by April 23rd.
b. Post by April 23th.
5. Report hours worked
a. Report number of hours worked trimming, cleaning-up, and moving your piles to the roadway. Our continued designation as a Firewise community and suitability for future grants is based in part on volunteer hours that go toward making our community “Firewise” and safer. This is important!
b. Email the hours to firstname.lastname@example.org
c. Report by April 29th.
6. For any other questions about Chipper Days Spring 2023 or if you need outside help in collecting piles for financial or physical limitations, please email Wayne Elson at Firewise@mirrormont.org
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION TO PREPARE FOR MCA FIREWISE CHIPPER DAYS SPRING 2023
Before April 23rd, clear dead brush and dry branches from the forest floor. Prune shrubs and limb-up trees to remove ladder fuels and dead material. Prune trees 6’—10’ from ground (but leave at least ½ the tree with live limbs). Pruning of trees and shrubs creates mini fuel breaks. See King County Firewise Brochure. When removing branches, be sure to leave the “branch collar” intact.
1. See the link on Tree Pruning for helpful information. The following links also provide helpful information on pruning, tree maintenance, and fire-resistant landscaping:
a. Plant Amnesty at http://www.plantamnesty.org.
There are YouTube pruning videos and a referral service for arborists under Services.
b. Wildlife snags: Those not-so-attractive looking trees in your yard may actually look extremely attractive to our wildlife neighbors. Yep! Unless a safety hazard, standing dead or dying trees are called “snags” and they provide extremely important habitat for more than 100 species of birds, small mammals, reptiles and amphibians in Washington State. In fact, standing dead trees are often called “wildlife trees” because animals such as northern flickers, brown creepers, bats, and squirrels use them for nesting, roosting, shelter, storage, denning and foraging/feeding. https://wdfw.wa.gov/living/snags/
c. For more on Firewise, see: http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/water-and-land/forestry/forestfire.aspx
d. Fire-resistant Landscape Plants for the Puget Sound Basin https://your.kingcounty.gov/dnrp/library/water-and-land/forestry/forestfire/FirewisePlantsPugetSoundBasin-2011.pdf
e. Fire-resistant Plants for Home Landscapes https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/sites/catalog/files/project/pdf/pnw590.pdf
f. Chilling Ember Storm Test by the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety's Research Center https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvbNOPSYyss
2. When trimming, be safe. Branches can be heavier than they look, and trimming equipment is extremely sharp. Keep your distance from the chipper crew when they are working. They are the experts, and like us, don’t want anyone to get hurt.
3. Stack branches next to the Mirrormont roads so the cut (fat) ends point toward the road. This makes it easier to handle when chipping. Have your cuttings stacked no later than April 23rd.
4. Throughout April 24th–25th, the crew will work their way along our streets from pile to pile. Chip loads will go first to Mirrormont Park for trail and edging improvements and other landscaping then to participants as loads are available.
5. Be sure to sign up early to ensure you are part of this event!
6. The success of this project depends on everyone complying with the above. Please respect the time that MCA volunteers are putting into organizing and implementing this.