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:
Funding for 2021 addresses 6 components of HPMA Common Area and Owner Properties, for fire risk reduction and forest health improvement:
1. Dead Debris and Ladder Fuel Reduction- $26,000
2. Water Truck Acquisition- $15,000
3. Dead Tree Removal and Restoration-$11,250
4. Prescriptive Tree Removal-$2,500
5. Small Dead Tree Removal-$2,000
6. Invasive Species Removal-$750
Total Plan = $57,500
To read more about forest management, fire control and resource protection:
2020 Planned Activities
Dead Tree Removal Project!
November 14, 2020 Dead Tree Financial Summary
77 trees located in the common area were removed or topped during July 2020. The planned budget expected to only allow 55 trees for removal. However, with the salvaging of downed trees and sharing with the contractor the resulting milled lumber brought the total project cost in under budget at $23,573 vs. a plan of $24,300. A shout out to our general manager, Stefan Birgh and Tom Thyer for making this project a great success.
2020 Dead Debris Roadside Pick Up Complete!
November 14, 2020 Debris Pick up Financial Summary
Thanks to the community volunteers and homeowners who brought dead debris and tree limbs to the roadside for pickup.
The final numbers are in and the debris collection project came in substantially under budget. Final actual cost of $15,516 came in at 67% of planned cost of $23,000.
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