The Mammoth Lakes Fire Protection District provides a free chipping service to Mammoth Lakes residents which consists of chipping tree trimmings and dead or downed tree limbs. This program assists community members in their efforts to create and maintain adequate defensible space at their homes and properties. Defensible space is the buffer between a residence or structure and the trees, shrubs, grass or plants that surround it. This space is needed to slow or stop the spread of wildfire, as well as to protect the firefighters who respond.
Since 2007, Mono County has partnered with MLFD to promote defensible space by providing wood waste waivers to residents for the Mono County Landfill on the Benton Crossing Road. Gate fees will be waived at the landfill for a load of clean wood waste (580 pounds/one cubic yard) per coupon, or one load of flammable organics per coupon. Coupons are limited to two per resident. The use of this program is not intended for contractors or landscapers. It is intended for individuals who would like to increase defensible space on their property by clearing it of limbs, shrubs, brush and flammable organics. Please visit the administrative office at Station 1 to pick up your wood waste coupons.
Have MLFD staff chip your pile of tree trimmings, and dead or downed tree limbs.
Here's how you can help our chipping crew.
Do not include piles of pine needles, grass, bushes, brush, trash, rocks or dirt. These materials will damage the chipper, and they will not be removed by our crew.
Absolutely no willows or manzanita will be accepted. These types of plants get tangled in the chipping blades and damage the machine.
Limbs must be no larger than 10 inches in diameter. Stumps, roots and lumber will not be accepted.
Please organize limbs and branches so that the large ends are pointed towards the street. This will make it easier for our crew to load the pile into the chipper.
Piles must be left "curbside" or adjacent to the street so they can be easily accessed.