Written by Sarah Bolton –
MADERA COUNTY – Hello Madera Residents! Welcome to the first edition of the Tree Mortality Community Column.
Our company, Blue Ridge Services, is partnering with Madera County to oversee and implement their tree mortality mitigation project.
Several members of our team live in Madera County, and like you, we are well aware of the severity of the tree mortality issue in our community. Four years of drought and a devastating bark beetle infestation killed off more than 129 million trees in California since 2010, according to estimates by the U.S. Forest Service.
Dead trees pose a risk to county infrastructure, including roads, buildings, and bridges, and can also be a huge risk to humans who walk, park, and work near dead or dying trees. There are also many trees that have been cut down or fallen, littering the landscape and blocking trails and roads. We are actively addressing these issues and have teams working in the field throughout the county.
We are sending out Right of Entry (ROE) forms to county residents. Many of the dead or dying trees that could impact county infrastructure are located on or near private property. We must have a signed ROE form in order to enter private property and cut down trees. If you have received a ROE form from us, please sign and return it as soon as possible so we can continue our work without delays.
This week, we have teams cutting trees on Roads 223 and 620. Tree cutting will begin within the next two weeks on Roads 600, 426, 420, 225, 432 and 800.
If you live in any of these areas and have questions about our crews, the overall project, or tree mortality in general, please reach out to us by phone 209-966-7777 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to partnering with the community of Madera County to tackle this very important project.
-The BRS Team
Editor’s note: The BRS Team will keep you updated throughout this process with a weekly submission.