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Grants offered for HOA fuels-reduction projects

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SUMMIT COUNTY – Local homeowners’ associations have an opportunity for matching grants toward projects to protect their neighborhoods from wildfire through the county’s Hazardous Fuels Reduction Grant Program.

The competitive grant program emphasizes homeowner action. Fire prevention measures can include removing dead trees and slash as well as other types of projects.

“The grant program helps concerned citizens to take action in protecting their neighborhoods as well as Summit County’s critical infrastructure and watersheds for their own and future generations,” county Commissioner Bob French said in a press release.

Local forests have high risk of wildfire, and many neighborhoods have been developed near them.

More than 500 acres of local property have been treated since the program began, according to the press release.

This year’s grant application period runs from April 1 to 30.

People interested to learn about projects and application for grants may attend workshops hosted by the Summit County Wildfire Council March 17 and 31 (see box).

Applications are to be available at after March 31. For more information, call Beth Huron at (970) 668-3595.

County finance director Marty Ferris said about $300,000 is to be dedicated toward the program through finances from Measure 1A, a property-tax increase voters passed in 2008.

The tax increase – which began to take effect in January – is to bring about $500,000 toward fire mitigation and overall forest health. It’s also to support open space, workforce housing and the county’s general fund.

Robert Allen can be contacted at (970) 668-4628 or

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