By Carol McCracken (:Post # 2,358)
The Maine Forest Service in partnership with the City of Portland’s Fire Department and Department of Public Services began work this week on Portland’s coastal islands by removing potential wildfire risks through the Defensible Space Chipping Program. Supported by Federal funds, the program helps communities reduce the risk of wildfire near their homes by chipping debris and brush
Residents interested in participating pre-registered with the City of Portland and then placed brush curbside for chipping. The resulting wood chips will either be left for the resident’s use or the Maine Frost Service will move them to a preselected area on the islands. Those participating were reminded that trees within the shoreland zone should not be cut down and rotted, punky wood, along with invasive species will not be accepted.
Additionally and as time allows. a Maine Forest Ranger will be on hand to show homeowners how they can increase and maintain the “defensible space” around their home. Portland’s coastal Islands qualified for the program by completing community wildfire protection plans with the Maine Forest Service.
Program Schedule: July 13 – Little Diamond Island; July 14 – Great Diamond Island; July 15 – Peaks Island and July 16 Cushing Island