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Q: I have a lot of dead trees on my property.  Who can I contact?

A:  If you tree is near a power line, you can contact PG&E at 1-800-743-5000.  If your tree is near a water system or flume, you can contact the water district which is applicable to your water supply.  The County of Tuolumne Office of Emergency Services will be sending out Right of Entry Permits to areas where will soon commence.

Q: Can the County remove dead and dying trees from my property?

A:  The County can remove dead and dying trees that are within striking distance of a County maintained road or County maintained structure.  Some of these trees may be on private property, which is why the Right of Entry Permit must be to access your land.  Signing the Right of Entry Permit does not guarantee that you will have trees marked and removed; however, we cannot the property if the Right of Entry Permit is not signed and returned.

Q: Can the County provide a timeline for work being done on my property?

A:  No. Unfortunately, it is not feasible with the resources available to contact each individual homeowner before work is started on their property.  The pace of work depends on many factors including terrain, weather, and technical skills needed to remove the tree; making it very difficult to estimate how long each project will take and when work will begin on a specific parcel.  Once all the trees have been marked in a project area, a Request for Proposal will be developed and distributed to pre-qualified contracts for contract selection.  Project start dates are available on the Tuolumne County Tree Mortality webpage under the Tree Removal Projects tab.

Q: What additional help is available to benefit homeowners not categorized above?

A:
With the help of the CAL FIRE State Responsibility Area (SRA) Tree Mortality Grants, there is approximately $1.6 million available to assist homeowners with the removal of dead and dying trees that can strike a primary residence.  A primary residence is defined as the structure that is habitable, and does not include detached garages, workshops, sheds, barns, or outbuildings.  OES staff divided the County into 10 zones, each with $200,000 in funding for tree removal.  Of these 10 zones, all were approved for funding except the Ponderosa Hills and Wards Ferry Rd. area.

Q: What do I need to do to receive assistance under the SRA funding?

A:  Staff has developed project areas in each zone where Right of Entry permits will be sent first.  If your home lies within a project area you will be sent a Right of Entry Permit.  The areas that have a high return rate will get assistance faster.  Once those projects have been completed our funding will be assessed and we will develop new areas to work in.  The project map on the Tree Mortality webpage will be updated if and when new project areas are created.

The project areas are developed using the CAL FIRE High Hazard Zone mapping, which shows areas of high tree mortality.  Many citizens are affected by dead and dying trees around their homes and there is simply not enough money to assist everyone.  

Q: Is there a reason that Tuolumne County uses project zones instead of dealing individually with homeowners?

A: By creating project zones, Tuolumne County is able to stretch the funding available for tree removal in an organized way.  It is far more expensive to mobilize tree contractors to individual properties than larger project areas where equipment can stay for a longer duration. 

Q:  I have a dead tree that I am worried will fall before the County gets to my property.  What should I do?

A:  If the homeowner has a dead tree that he or she feels is an immediate threat, the homeowner should contact local tree falling contractors to remove the tree.  The County cannot be dispatched to individual properties in a timely manner to remove hazard trees.  The emergency funding and grant programs the County is using for tree removal cannot reimburse homeowners for the removal of trees on their property.