(PLACERVILLE, CA) – Funding is still available for eligible seniors living in high hazard areas specific to
tree mortality, including South Lake Tahoe, Camino, Pollock Pines, Somerset, Garden Valley, Greenwood and
Georgetown. Depending on their situation, low-income senior citizen property owners may benefit from the
County’s Hazardous Tree Removal Program.
“The tree mortality issues in our county remain very serious. Recent reports estimate a growing number of
effected trees in El Dorado County. We’re just happy to have this program available to assist private
homeowners, especially our seniors with limited income who have no other means to remove dead or dying
trees from threatening damage to their homes,” said Supervisor, Michael Ranalli, who is the Board’s
representative on Governor Brown’s Tree Mortality Task Force.
All applicants must be 60 years of age or older, own the property on which they reside and have incomes at or
below 60% of the County’s area median income.
Funding for the program comes from a California Department of Forestry (CALFIRE) and Fire Protection State
Responsibility Area Fire Prevention Fund (SRAFPF) and Tree Mortality (TM) Grant. El Dorado County
received approximately $200,000 to help senior citizens, remove dead and dying trees that endanger their
To meet the criteria under the Program, dead and dying trees must be: 1) greater than 10 inches in diameter and
20 feet in height; 2) must be within 300 feet of, and pose a structural threat to, the residence; and 3) must also
be reasonably accessible by equipment or machinery.
“The County estimates the funding received from CAL FIRE could remove up to 42 trees, hopefully more. For
now, we’ll be limited to removing two (2) trees per property” said Creighton Avila, Deputy Chief
Administrative Officer. “Preliminary inspections have begun,” said Avila, “but there is still time to submit an
application to participate in the program.”
Qualified homeowners must complete an application packet available from the County which asks for
documentation concerning employment and income sources to establish eligibility for Program participation.
Completed applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information, contact the Community Development Services, Housing Community and Economic
Development Program at (530) 621-5159.
Click here to view Tree Removal Program for Low Income Seniors flyer.
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