Chipper Days – 5th Annual
October 28 @ 8:00 am - October 30 @ 5:00 pm$20
The Event is now full. For those who have signed up, please read the following information carefully.
Chipper Days 2019: October 28th-30th
As an official Firewise Community, we are offering our fifth Firewise Annual Chipper Days. We will continue on a first come/first served basis upon receipt of your $20 co-pay for MCA members. It’s not too late to become a member.
BACKGROUND & FUNDING: In the past 4 years we have chipped 266 piles with a total of 164 families participating in at least one of the Chipper Days events. While we have had government grant assistance contributions from the Eastside Fire Fighters Benevolent Fund and in-kind assistance from King County in the past, this year we expect the project will be funded by MCA plus a co-pay. Brian Olson of Olson Outdoor Improvements has agreed to implement our project again this year as he has performed well in previous years.
Summary of Important Dates
Deadline to Pay $20 Co-Pay
Complete Piles of Branches
Post Assigned Flow Number on Pile
Email Work Hours
LIMITS: To make the project manageable and within MCA resources, we need to limit the number of participants to a maximum of 50 and limit the size of piles. Your $20 co‑pay and MCA dues will cover chipping of a single pile of branches up to 4-ft high x 8-ft wide (cut ends out) x 10-ft deep. Branches must be less than 10-ft long and less than 6” in diameter. No rope, nails, metal, rocks, plastic, or lumber. This is at least a $225 value.
THE DETAILS (please read and comply!):
• Firewise Community Chipper Days will be held October 28th-30th.
• The MCA sponsors and funds this event.
To Be Eligible:
You must be up to date with your 2019 dues. According to MCA records Lynnette, your dues were paid on 1/27/2019. Thank you! If you have any other questions about your 2019 membership status, email Lisa Lux at . You must have an easily visible street address sign by the side of your driveway (a reflective, two-sided MCA-sponsored signpost — or your own sign).
Once Eligible, Now What?
1.Register for Chipper Days
a.Email Lisa Lux with the following information:
v.Do you want the chips placed on your property? YES/NO (note: this could be up to a 14-cubic yard truckload). (If you select “yes”, there is no guarantee that you will receive chips.)
b.Lisa’s Email is .
c.Deadline: 5:00 PM on October 21st.
2.Submit your $20 co-pay
a.On MCA’s website:
b.Mail to MCA, P.O. Box 476
Issaquah, WA 98027
c.Deadline: 5:00 PM on October 21st.
3.Finish making your pile of branches
a.Stack branches by the side of the road with the cut (fattest) ends facing out in one direction.
b.Deadline: October 25th
4.Assess the size of your pile
If larger than the 4’x8’x10’ size listed above (see LIMITS section).
i.Contact Brian Olson; if emailing, attach a photo of your pile; include a yardstick (or tape measure set at 3-ft) for reference.
ii.He will tell you the additional charge and bill you separately. As long as you are a Chipper Days-registered MCA member, the rate will be $60 per additional 4×8-ft pile. Pile portions in excess of 4’x8’ will not be chipped otherwise. The usual minimum charge just to show up for chipping of any amount would be $150 outside of this event for MCA members. For all services offered by Olson’s Outdoor Improvements, see .
iii.Deadline: October 25th.
If your pile is no larger than the 4’x8’x10’ size limit, you do not need to contact Brian Olson.
5.Print out and Post ‘Flow Number-House Number’ on your pile.
a.‘Flow Number-House Number’ will be assigned and emailed to you before October 28th. For example, #21—14985. Put the Flow Number—House Number print-out with “Chips YES/NO” notice in a Ziploc bag to protect it from rain and post it on your pile. (Identify where you want chips placed with tarp or other obvious signage. It must be close to the road where the chipper truck can dump.) Post by October 26th.
6.Report hours worked
a.Report number of hours worked trimming, cleaning-up, and moving your piles to the roadway. Our continued designation as a Firewise community and eligibility for future grants is based in part on volunteer hours that go toward making our community “Firewise” and safer. This is important!
b.Email the hours to Lisa Lux at
c.Report by November 1st.
7. For any other questions about Chipper Days 2019 or if you need outside help in collecting piles for financial or physical limitations please email Wayne Elson at: .
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION TO PREPARE FOR MCA FIREWISE CHIPPER DAYS 2019
Before October 27th, clear dead brush and dry branches from the forest floor. Prune shrubs and limb-up trees to remove ladder fuels and dead material. Prune trees 6’—10’ from ground (but leave at least ½ the tree with live limbs). Pruning of trees and shrubs creates mini fuel breaks. See .. When removing branches, be sure to leave the “branch collar” intact.
Wildlife snags: Those not-so-attractive looking trees in your yard may actually look extremely attractive to our wildlife neighbors. Yep! Unless a safety hazard, standing dead or dying trees are called “snags” and they provide extremely important habitat for more than 100 species of birds, small mammals, reptiles and amphibians in Washington state. In fact, standing dead trees are often called “wildlife trees” because animals such as northern flickers, brown creepers, bats, and squirrels use them for nesting, roosting, shelter, storage, denning and foraging/feeding.
When trimming, be safe. Branches can be heavier than they look, and trimming equipment is extremely sharp. Keep your distance from the chipper crew when they are working. They are the experts, and like us, don’t want anyone to get hurt.
Stack branches next to the road so the cut (fat) ends point toward the road. This makes it easier to handle when chipping. Have your cuttings stacked no later than October 25th. Assure that no rope, nails, metal, rocks, plastic, or lumber are in the pile. Make a note of time spent cleaning, trimming, and stacking – this is your “volunteer” time. Also include time you spent this year removing debris from your roof and gutters.
Throughout Chipper Days, the crew will work their way along our streets from pile to pile. Chips not wanted by homeowners will be donated to Mirrormont Park for trail and edging improvements and other landscaping.
Be sure to sign up early to ensure you are part of this event!
The success of this project depends on everyone complying with the above. Please respect the time that MCA volunteers are putting into organizing and implementing this.