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Free chipping for those on Cortes and Quadra Islands next week

The Strathcona Regional District is running a free FireSmart Community Chipper Program next week.

It’s all in an effort to help reduce wildfire impact on both Cortes and Quadra Islands.

Those on Cortes Island are encouraged to bring any excess wood debris to the end of their driveway the morning of June 1st, while those on Quadra Island are asked to do so on June 3rd.

Wood debris will be picked up throughout the day, chipped and disposed of for free.

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The district says materials should not have any rocks, nails, roots or treated lumber.

Ideally, all the “butt ends” of branches should be pointed the same way so an entire bundle can be grabbed and fed right into the chipper.

Tree trimmings must be under 16 centimetres in diameter and ten meters length maximum, and invasive species like scotch broom will not be accepted.

You’re also asked to not block traffic by piling debris on the road.

For questions, comments or concerns, contact Protective Services coordinator Shaun Koopman at (250) 830-6702.

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