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Removal of Excess Vegetation from City Streets Begins July 29

Post Date:07/19/2019 3:45 PM

The Southern Marin Fire Protection District will soon begin a new project to remove overgrown vegetation from Sausalito streets. Removing excess vegetation will improve access for emergency vehicles and reduce the amount of fuel available to a wildfire. The project is part of a larger Vegetation Management Program launched by the fire district on July 1 with funds from Measure U, a $200 parcel tax approved by voters in November 2018 to improve local emergency services.

The removal of overgrown vegetation will be done on a rotation that includes Tam Valley, Homestead Valley, Sausalito, and Strawberry. Every month, a group of streets in one of the regions will be targeted. Vegetation removal from the first group of Sausalito streets will begin on approximately July 29. The following streets are included:
  • North Street
  • Princess Street
  • Prospect Avenue
  • Reade Lane
  • Richardson Street
  • San Carlos Avenue
  • Santa Rosa Avenue
  • Sausalito Boulevard
  • Second Street
  • South Street
Landscapers and tree workers employed by the fire district will be performing the following tasks:
  • Removing flammable and encroaching vegetation from roadsides and sidewalks
  • Pruning trees to maintain emergency vehicle access
  • Evaluating street parking spots to determine if they leave enough space for emergency vehicles
  • Clearing vegetation around fire hydrants
  • Marking dead or dying trees with a red dot for future removal
Streets will remain open while work is underway, but traffic may be reduced to one lane in work areas.

Please do not pile vegetation on the roadside in the expectation that it will be removed by work crews. Instead, contact the district about holding a "chipper day" for your neighborhood.

If you have any questions about vegetation removal from City streets, concerns about specifically marked trees, or interest in scheduling a chipper day, please contact Battalion Chief Scott Barnes at (415) 389-4139 or sbarnes@smfd.org.

READ A CURRENTS ARTICLE ABOUT THE VEGETATION MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SOUTHERN MARIN FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT
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