Slash Pickup

Genesee’s annual slash pickup is coming up! Especially if you’re new to Genesee, you may be wondering why we do this. Read on for the answer…

WILDFIRE BENEFIT: The standard recommendation for pruning conifers to reduce wildfire risk is to limb up 10 feet or at least 1/3 of the tree. Ideally, this will prevent a low intensity surface fire from reaching the treetops and becoming a high intensity crown fire. Removing fallen branches from the forest floor will also help reduce a surface fire’s intensity and resultant flame length. The problem is what to do with the pile of branches you’ve now accumulated. The answer is (yes, here it comes…) Genesee’s annual slash pickup!

ARRANGEMENT OF PILES: Please place your piles of branches at your curbside, where you would normally have your trash picked up and arrange the slash so that cut ends are facing the road and stackedt. Please do not put piles in drainage ditches along the road and please keep them clear of the paved road or private drive surface. Any slash piles that have excess dirt, trash, or any metal within them will not be picked up. 

Please do not add limbs that exceed 8 inches in diameter and/or 4 feet in length. If you have these or larger limbs or trees to be removed, contact a tree contractor or our Open Space manager for recommendations.

Please have your slash to your curbside by the end of the day on May 25. By doing that you are improving the cost-efficiency of this important annual project. If you place your slash pile after that date, it will not be picked up.

LOGISTICS OF PICKUP: Starting this morning of May 26, Genesee Foundation staff will inventory all residences with eligible slash piles and direct the hired chipping contractor to go only to those addresses to collect those piles. That will be done during the week of May 31. This procedure will reduce our costs significantly compared to asking the contractor () to drive by every address in the community with their dump truck and chipper, After the week of May 31, if your pile was out on May 25 but was not picked up, please email

This event will be recorded for Genesee’s annual Firewise certification. As with the pine needle pickup (described elsewhere in this issue), if you plan to participate, please fill out this quick, three-question survey to help us maintain that certification.

Thank you for continuing the important legacy of Genesee’s Firewise involvement!

Brian Maillet |


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