"Defensible Space Chipping Program" completes week of brush chipping on Portland's coastal islands
June 24, 2013
As a part of the Firewise Communities USA program, the Maine Forest Service's "Defensible Space Chipping Program" chipped dozens of brush piles on all five of Portland's coastal islands. On each island, Forest Rangers worked with Portland public works employees to load brush that had been cut by homeowners and left "curbside" for disposal. The Portland Fire Department helped with transporting the crew to and from the islands on their fire boat. The city of Portland paid for the barge and ferry that transported the chipper truck. This collaborative effort worked well and many calls for thanks were received by City of Portland Officials. Portland's leading TV station (WCSH CH6) also did an informational news story on the event. It explained why the coastal islands are at a higher risk for wildfires than other communities on the mainland.