Frequently Asked Questions
IS THERE A LIST OF CONTRACTORS THAT CAN DO THIS WORK.
Tahoe Donner does not maintain a preferred list of contractors, however, there is a list of contractors that you can view here. A Defensible Space Google search for the Truckee area will also bring up many contractors. Be sure to ask if they are familiar with the TDA Defensible Space program.
WHAT IS MY COMPLIANCE DUE DATE?
Your compliance due date is listed in the top right corner of your Forestry/Defensible Space Inspection Report and on the top of the Notice of Required Maintenance letter that was emailed and mailed to you.
DO I NEED A PERMIT TO REMOVE THE TREES?
Once the trees have been marked/flagged for item #11 by the TDA Forestry Dept. our copy of the Forestry/Defensible Space Inspection Report serves as a permit. If you wish to remove additional trees on the property larger than 4” in diameter measured at 3 feet off the ground a tree removal permit is required.
WHAT DO I DO WITH THE MATERIAL/DEBRIS/WOOD?
Tahoe Donner has a chipping program for all green material under 8 inches in diameter. Small debris and dead material can either be placed in your green waste bins or hauled the landfill.
CAN I DO THE WORK MYSELF?
You can do the work yourself. After you feel the work is complete, you may request a re-inspection appointment by completing the online re-inspection request form.
CAN I GET AN EXTENSION/MORE TIME?
Extensions may be given under certain circumstances; you will need to speak with an inspector if you feel you need an extension. If you have a signed contract with a tree/defensible space contractor, your compliance due date is extended to when the contractor can complete the job.
WHEN WILL THE MATERIAL STACKED IN FRONT OF MY HOUSE/PROPERTY BE CHIPPED?
The three (3) TDA chipping crews work M-F on a rotational route. Your stacked material will be chipped as soon as possible.
WHAT DO I DO WITH FIREWOOD ROUNDS AND FIREWOOD OR LUMBER?
All firewood rounds must be split and stacked neatly on your property a minimum of 30ft from any structure. If the rounds are rotten, they must be removed from the property. Lumber should be stored in your garage (if you have a garage) or disposed of at the landfill.
WHEN WILL MY TREES BE MARKED/FLAGGED FOR THINNING (#11), AND DO I NEED TO BE THERE?
We ask that you notify the forestry department to schedule the marking/flagging of you trees that need to be removed to satisfy item #11 on the inspection report. The marking/flagging of the trees will be completed ASAP, and once the trees have been marked you will be notified. You do not need to be present for this procedure.