Take advantage of the slash program and reduce wildfire danger on your property!
Jefferson County is once again hosting a summer-long slash collection program at which you can drop off all of your slash. The 2017 slash collection program will be somewhere in Jefferson County from May 20 until Nov. 12.
A single load will cost $20 and only credit cards will be accepted. A single load is a truck bed full to the truck cab height or a trailer up to 8’x5’x4’. If your load exceeds these parameters, you will be charged additional fees accordingly. The fees help offset the costs for the processing equipment, staffing and to help keep the program sustainable so it can continue into future years.
Slash includes tree debris and limbs with a maximum length of eight feet and a maximum diameter of six inches. This year, you can bring loose pine needles, tree bark and pine cones and they no longer have to be bagged.
So what can you not bring? We cannot accept items such as household trash, tree stumps, metal of any kind, rocks, yard waste/grass clippings, construction materials and lumber.
Keeping debris cleared and thinning out trees is vital to forest health. Our forests evolved with fire. Fire cleared out dead, diseased or dying trees to make way for younger healthier trees. However, with us moving into forested areas, we must now help out Mother Nature and thin out our forests to decrease the spread of disease, beetles and other pests and most importantly reduce the potential for devastating wildfires.
Removing slash and creating a defensible space around your home is the first line of defense against wildfires. You can create zones around your home, removing any fire fuels, such as tree debris, in the first zone, which is closest to your home. This is not only important for your property, but it means being a good neighbor too, reducing potential hazards for the entire area. Great tips on how to protect your home and property can be found on the Jeffco Sheriff’s wildfire page and at www.firewise.org.
This spring and summer, make a point to clean up and clear out your tree debris. Then make sure to take your slash to one of the collection sites. Visit the slash web page to find the nearest location to you.