Glenshire pilots brush collection program |

Glenshire pilots brush collection program

Jeff Clemetson, Sierra Sun

Glenshire residents will test a new program this fall that recycles pine needles, brush and fallen limbs.

“The whole thing is a learning process because we’re trying out a new program,” said Chuck Thomas, fire prevention officer for Truckee Fire District.

Oct. 20 will be designated Defensible Space Day for Glenshire residents who will be given the opportunity to dump fallen limbs and pine needles at a central location – the overflow parking lot behind the Glenshire tennis courts.

Cleared debris that used to be burned will now be recycled, Thomas said. After residents drop off their debris, a crew will come in and chip the limbs and brush and separate the needles, most likely for mulch.

Thomas said the program will be offered in all of Truckee’s neighborhoods after the Glenshire pilot program helps TFD project the costs.

In addition to offering a site to take ground fuels from people’s homes, Thomas said a door-to-door chipping service might be offered in the future. The people chipping for residents would also be trained to answer questions about fire safety and prevention, he said.

By law, residents are required to clear ground fuels – pine needles, dead limbs, etc. – at least 30 feet away from buildings.

To ease the financial impact of the program on the local budget, Thomas has applied for federal grant money to pay for the programs.

For more information about the program, call the Glenshire Homeowner’s Association at 587-6202 or the Truckee Fire Protection District at 582-7853.