Woodside hikes grant for fire-safe landscaping

By Barbara Wood | Special to the Almanac

Woodside's Town Council voted unanimously at its Feb. 11 meeting to double to $2,000 the amount of a grant the town will give residents to make their properties more fire safe by removing or modifying flammable vegetation.

The Defensible Space Matching Fund Program was started by the town in 2010. Participants work with the Woodside Fire Protection District to prioritize actions that will make their property safer and easier for firefighters to protect in a wildfire.

The town will now pay up to $2,000 to match the resident's payment for the work. Council members asked to have the grants specifically include the removal of trees, such as eucalyptus, that are fire safety hazards.

The town currently has set aside $25,000 for the program and Town Manager Kevin Bryant said he would ask the council for more funding if that amount is reached.

To learn more and download an application, click here.


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