Urban Lot Hazard Trees

Hazard Trees

Hazard trees are trees that have the potential to cause personal injury or property damage. The Forest Service aggressively pursues abatement of all known hazard trees on urban intermix parcels. Generally, hazard trees are identified through public inquiries and concerns directed to the Forest Service. They may also be identified when the Forest Service is conducting scheduled management activities.

When notified by the public about a potentially hazardous tree, a Forest Service employee will visit the site and review the tree(s) in question. A meeting on site with the concerned person is arranged during standard working hours, to ensure that the trees in question are located. If a tree is determined to be a hazard, the Forest Service will have it removed as soon as possible.

If you have any concerns about a tree on National Forest System lands near your property at Lake Tahoe, please call the Hazard Tree Hotline at (530) 543-2759. Please make sure you provide your name, phone number, address, and a detailed location of the tree in question.

photo: There is a large dead conifer in the center of the photo. The tree is leaning left. Also on the left side of the photo is a house and in the foreground are powerlines. A Forest Service truck is sitting on a road to the right of the photo.
The photo above shows a hazard tree (center of photo) on a National Forest urban intermix parcel.


How is slash disposed?

Slash (limbs, tops of trees, and existing forest debris) that results from fuels reduction projects is chipped and spread back over the area, chipped and removed, or piled and later burned on site. Whenever possible, the Forest Service chips slash, however in many cases chipping is impractical or not cost effective.

photo: A Forest Service firefighter is using a firehose to wet the forest floor and vegetation adjacent to a pile of burning slash on an urban lot in Zephyr Heights, Nevada.
Pile burning on an urban lot. Burning begins in the fall, after the first rain or snow, and continues through spring.

photo: Two green Forest Service fire engines monitor the pile burning activity on an urban lot in Zephyr Heights, Nevada.
It is common to burn near homes when snow is on the ground.  However, when snow is not present, fire engines and hose lays are used to prevent fires from spreading.

photo: A Forest Service firefighter tends to a pile of burning slash on an urban lot in Rubicon Bay, California. Snow is on the ground of the moderately steep slope, conifer trees can be seen in the background and a house can be seen in the distance.
The photo to the left shows pile burning with snow on the ground.

photo: Nevada Division of Forestry crews are helping chip slash and limbs from a fuels reduction project in South Lake Tahoe. Snow is on the ground and crew members are pulling limbs over to a chipper positioned on the side of the road.
The photo to the right shows crew members chipping slash and limbs from fuels reduction projects on urban lots in South Lake Tahoe, CA. (South shore of Lake Tahoe)


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