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HOA Curbside Slash Chipping Program: June 27th.  Back by popular demand!  We are pleased to announce that the Curbside Slash Chipping Program is confirmed for the end of June.  The HOA Board is building on the success of last year’s inaugural event where we saw 46 out of our 95 property owners participate and removed over 750 cubic yards of slash from the neighborhood.  Our Curbside Slash Chipping Program is designed to help you maximize your efforts mitigating your property and minimizing the time and energy spent dealing with the slash.  Invest your time into clearing out trees and brush in your defensible space zone, limbing up trees in Zones 2 and 3, clearing out beetle kill and dead trees, and then just get the slash and brush to the curb.  Phil and Jane Pitzer from High Timber Firewood and Logging will chip and haul the slash and brush from there.  There is no additional cost to participate in this program  The HOA submitted a grant request again this year and Boulder County Forest Health awarded $3000 for our HOA through their Community Chipping Reimbursement Program.  This is a 50/50 matching grant.  Our HOA will contribute $2020 from general funds and an in-kind match of 45 volunteer hours (during our Community Workday).  For additional information and program rules, please visit our page about the HOA Curbside Slash Chipping Program.

HOA Community Workday: Saturday, June 8th from 8AM to Noon with a BBQ to follow.  Building on the success of last year’s Community Workday, we will once again come together as neighbors and friends to mitigate the forests within the HOA backroad easements. This year’s project will focus on the backroad easements on Cougar Run, Shady Hollow, and along Conifer Rd spur.  We will meet at the intersection of Cougar Run and Conifer Rd at 8AM for our organizational and safety meeting.  At this meeting, we’ll form teams and be assigned areas to mitigate.  Teams will be dropping marked trees, limbing the trees, bucking the logs in 4′ lengths, and staging the slash along the roadway for pickup during our Curbside Slash Chipping Program.  We will work until noon and then meet at a host home (to be announced at the event) for a potluck lunch/BBQ.  That’s it, 4 hours of work followed by a well deserved BBQ lunch.  For more information please visit our page about the HOA Community Workday.  Please email Marc McClish at sahfahoa@gmail.com if you are interesting in participating.

The HOA Board is pleased to announce a Wildfire Mitigation and Chainsaw Safety Workshop.  This is a great opportunity to learn about the latest strategies for wildfire mitigation and promoting healthy forests from Ryan Ludlow, Boulder County Forest Health.  Ryan will talk about lessoned learned from the 4 Mile Fire and easy steps we can take to protect our homes.  We are also fortunate to have Phil and Jane Pitzer from High Timber Firewood and Logging giving us a chainsaw safety workshop.  They will demonstrate dropping trees safely, how to get a tree down if it’s hung up on another tree, limbing trees safely, and basic chainsaw safety and maintenance.  For more information visit our page about the workshop.

When: Saturday, June 1, 2013 from 8am to noon

Where: 136 Cougar Run, Dan and Marylou Harrison

The HOA has a new Twitter Feed for breaking news items (Summer Rd closures, backroad maintenance, and HOA events).  Please consider following our feed SAHFAHOA.  Thanks!

The HOA Annual Meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 7th at 7PM at the Nederland Public Library.

See you there!!