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General News · 7th March 2022
Shaun Koopman
Cortes Islanders

The purpose of this post is to inform you that the SRD has received the 2022 Community Resiliency Investment grant to fund the following wildfire risk reduction initiatives on Cortes Island:

Wildfire training for the Cortes Island Fire Department;

Neighbourhood level wildfire threat assessments; and

Curbside wood debris chipping.

We have received 5 proposals from organizations on Cortes Island wishing to repurpose the woodchips on-island in line with the UBCM Woodchips Policy (attached) so while nothing is finalized I’m optimistic that this year we’ll have a solution for repurposing the woodchips on Cortes.
Much more information about these services will be released in the coming weeks, but I especially wanted to get the chipping service confirmation on your radar as I know it’s popular amongst residents. The woodchipping date is still to-be-determined but likely mid-June. The woodchipping service is anticipated to follow the same rules at the two previous years.


Bring the wood debris to the end of your driveway at the pre-determined date/time

No rocks, no nails, no roots

Ideally all the “butt ends” of branches are pointed the same way so they can be fed efficiently into the chipper

Tree trimmings must be under 16cms in diameter and 10 meters length max

No invasive species

The contractor reserves the right not to pickup any piles they feel does not meet these rules
Do no block traffic by piling debris on the road
If you have any questions you know how to find me.