FireWise wood-chipping chance in Pleasant Valley

       All Pleasant Valley residents are invited to take advantage of a free one-week wood-chipping service May 4-11 through the Colorado Springs Fire Department's FireWise program.
       Sign-ups are requested by Monday, April 27 so the chipper can be scheduled to go by participants' addresses, according to Carol Corcoran, a board member of the Pleasant Valley Neighborhood Association (PVNA). Composed of more than 800 households, the Pleasant Valley area is bounded by 30th Street (its west side only), Rock Ledge Ranch, the hill next to the Garden of the Gods and Echo Lane/Bijou Street.
       “It's really a great program,” Corcoran said. “Over here we need it with the fire danger.”
       The way the program works, people who sign up just need to put their tree branches, scrub oak limbs or other cuttings out on their parkways, and a city contractor will “drive around and do the chipping,” she said.
       The PVNA earned the eligibility previously by meeting with a FireWise representative, who explained the wildfire potential and mitigation possibilities that included cutting back dead or dying growth.
       About 150 households are members of the PVNA, but Corcoran said the group decided to open up the chipping opportunity to non-members because of the overall fire concern. At least 12 households need to sign up for the service to be provided.
       For more information, call Corcoran at 632-4991.

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