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Hazardous Tree Removal Operations

The Hazardous Tree Removal Operations Division (HTROD) is responsible for the development and contract administration of tree removal and fuels reduction projects on private lands in the vicinity of the San Bernardino National Forest. Tree removal/fuel reduction projects include the felling, removal and disposal of dead, dying, and diseased trees, and any vegetation which creates a hazardous fuel for fires. In addition, the placement and/or installation of products and materials are required as needed, to prevent erosion and/or displacement of sediment.

The HTROD is part of the Fire Fuels Management Program of the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District (County Fire). The Fire Fuels Management Program was created under the direction of the multi-agency Mountain Area Safety Taskforce (MAST) in 2002 in response to the severe die off of conifer trees due to the Bark Beetle infestation in the San Bernardino National Forest. With concerns over the stands of dead Bark Beetle trees and in response to the devastation of the Old Fire in the Fall of 2003, Senator Diane Feinstein and Congressman Jerry Lewis assisted in the appropriation of $70 million in grant funding through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for the removal of dead, dying and diseased trees in the San Bernardino National Forest. In 2005 the responsibility of contracting the tree removal/fuel reduction projects was transferred to the Flood Control District. Since this time the HTROD has provided County Fire contract administration and project inspection services for the tree removal/fuel reduction projects. The funds from the NRCS grant were used to treat over 36,000 acres and removed over 411,000 trees from the San Bernardino mountain communities.

Current funding sources for the Fire Fuels Management Program include:
  • In 2008 and in 2009 County Fire received additional funding by the United States Forest Service (totally $13.5 million).
  • In 2009 County Fire received an additional $3.15 million as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
In addition the HTROD is providing project development and contract administration services to the Arrowhead Communities Fire Safe Council through a Memorandum of Understanding between the Council and the Flood Control District.

For Information Please Contact:
Grant C. Mann –Chief
(909) 336-7080

Physical Address:
San Bernardino County Fire Department
Station 91
301 State Highway 173
Lake Arrowhead, California 92352

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 2232
Running Springs, California 92382-2232

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