Issue and Action
In response to owners concerns of increasing fire danger throughout 2018 and 2019 that occurred with two fires on the island last summer, HPMA owners asked the Board to take preventive action. The Board of Directors has established a fund dedicated to mitigating fire risk on HPMA common lands.
The adopted fund will also address components of the HPMA comprehensive Natural Resources Stewardship Plan. Read this link for More About it!
How does this initiative address current budget gaps for fire hazard mitigation?
Traditionally HPMA budgets contain a budgeted item for "Hazard Tree Removal". However, this budgeted item per HPMA Policy 4.04 addresses only those trees which represent a fall danger to a target (home, other structure, driveway, parking area, roadway), and does not address fire danger.
Three existing committees are acting as a steering committee for developing and implementing the Natural Resources-Fire Safety (NRSF) plans. Click on links below to read more about the charter and activities of each committee
Community Questions and Input
If you have suggestions, comments or questions click link below:
Results from the 2020 community budget vote showed very strong support with a 79% approval for dedicated funding for the Natural Resources-Fire Safety (NRSF) assessment. The funding of this assessment is separate from the General Operating fund and the monies cannot be used for any other purpose. The assessment will remain in effect through the year 2024 with annual funding review adjustments. Read this link for More About the adopted Assessment Resolution.
Archives and Reference Documents
Tri Committee Agendas:
Tri Committee Meeting Minutes:
This funding plan addresses 4 components of HPMA forest lands fire risk and forest health improvement:
1. Dead tree removal and restoration as appropriate
2. Downed debris pick up
3. Removal of invasive species
4. Assistance of professional consultation
To read more about forest management, fire control and resource protection:
2020 Planned Activities
Dead Tree Removal Project Completed !
77 trees located in the common area were removed or topped during July 2020. A number of downed trees were milled and the resulting lumber helped reduce the cost of the tree removal and provided a supply of replacement material for refurbishing the numerous picnic tables and benches located throughout the common areas in our community. The unsalvageable timber from dead trees provided a source of firewood for all community members to use. Thanks in part to the contractor salvaging timber into milled lumber allowed an additional 40% of trees to be removed per the budgeted cost.
2020 Dead Debris Roadside Pick Up Complete!
Thanks to the community volunteers and homeowners who brought dead debris and tree limbs within 18' of homes and within 10' of chimneys to the road side for our contractor to collect. Contractor completed the road side debris and trimmings during the first week of September, 2020.
It is estimated some 500 cubic yards of debris was collected. A final project cost accounting will be completed in the next 30 to 60 days. Latest updates indicate expenses will meet or be less than the budgeted amount.
Invasive Species Removal
Scotch Broom Read this link for More About it!
Tansy Ragwort Read this link for More About it!
Scotch Broom and Tansy ragwort, pictured above are two of the targeted species for monitoring . If you would like to volunteer for monitoring presences of these invasive species, click on this link. Volunteers