Create a Defensible Space

UDRC: Defensible Space Reimbursement Program

Now accepting new applications for 2018. The Upper Deschutes River Coalition will help landowners in the UDRC area neighborhoods with the cost of creating or maintaining defensible space for wildfire risk reduction. The UDRC will reimburse 100% of your fuels reduction expenses up to $500 maximum per landowner. This program is available for communities between Spring River Road and La Pine State Recreation Road plus the Spring River, Haner Park, and Wild River communities.

Click on the links below for information about creating defensible space:
The Three Zones of Defensible Space
Property Evaluation & Self-Certification Guide

To apply for the reimbursement program click on: Defensible Space Reimbursement application form

Because funds are limited, applications will be processed in the order received. You will receive email notification when your application is accepted. After the work has been completed, send a copy of your paid invoice documenting your expenses by email to or mail to UDRC, PO Box 3042, Sunriver OR, 97707. After receiving the invoice, the UDRC will mail a check for reimbursement. For more information about the program Contact the UDRC.

Natural Resources Conservation Services: La Pine Basin Project

NRCS funding will help woodland owners with 5 acres and larger perform conservation practices like pre-commercial thinning, slash treatment, and fuel breaks. These practices reduce the amount of “fuels” (such as dense, overstocked trees, shrubs and invasive plants) that cause a wildfire to spread higher into the canopy where it causes the most damage. A properly thinned forest holds wildfire lower to the ground, allowing safer access for firefighters to quench the flames.

For program information click here.
For application information click here.

Oregon Department of Forestry: Fuels Reduction Grants

ODF has cost-share funds available to assist landowners for wildfire fuels reduction. For more information contact a ODF representative by filling out the Fuels Reduction Grant Contact Request.

Deschutes County Project Wildfire: Roadside Chipping Program

Project Wildfire schedules roadside chipping events for designated communities in Spring and Fall. Residents bring thinning material to the roadside for chipping which is blown back on their property. Email Project Wildfire at to register your community for the program.

Fuels Reduction Contractors

3 Rivers Tree Service

Reuben Womack, Lic. #199428
14830 South Century Drive
Bend, OR 97707
Cell 541-280-3879

ISA Certified Arborist Reuben Womack PN-7148A

3 Rivers Tree Service is a full tree service specializing in hazardous tree removal, pruning, brush chipping and fire fuels reduction. We serve all of Central Oregon and our headquarters are located on the beautiful Fall River. We have a growing work force, with an expected three man crew this year. We use all varieties of moderate to heavy equipment to make each job a success. Equipment includes Kubota tractors, chippers and hydraulic dump trucks. Free estimates and senior discounts are available.

Allan Clark, LLC — Tree Trimming and Removal

Allan Clark
ODF Certified, Licensed and Bonded CCB# 160765
Cell: 541-771-5535
Alternate Cell: 541-408-3500
Home: 541-447-8283

Let us remove those trees and branches before mother nature does.

During 2012 and 2013 our company removed ladder fuel from three properties in the Sunriver Business Park. This included lands surrounding Hammer Time and two large lots behind the SR Post Office. Other ladder fuel reduction projects included lands along Foster and Cooper Roads. With our bobcat and two large trucks, we have removed ladder fuel along roads in a number of UDRC communities. Other equipment includes a bucket truck to remove branches on trees up to 30 feet from the tree base and a high speed wood chipper. Chips can be deposited at the work site or shipped to county transfer stations.

Heartwood Forest Contracting, LLC
Sunriver FuelEric Metzger and Lacey England
Call us at: 541.595.8649
724 SE 6th St. Bend, OR 97702-1480Heartwood Forest Contracting is a brand new business owned by partners Eric Metzger and Lacey England.We specialize in SB 360/defensible space work, forest health projects, and tree services. Collectively, we bring well over 20 years of experience in forestry and fire work, and Eric is skilled in tree climbing projects, including hazardous jobs requiring ropes and rigging to lower pieces of the tree down under full control. Customers include Deschutes County, the Oregon Department of Forestry, and Sunriver Resort commercial and residential customers.We are a small crew, with a dump truck available, access to a chipper, and a Billygoat brush mower that is great for bitterbrush (see before and after photos attached), but most of what we do is by hand and with a chainsaw. We are accordingly quite affordable.Heartwood Forest Contracting, LLC is licensed, bonded, and insured, and carries a $2,000,000 General Liability Insurance policy. References on request.

Spring River Tree Service, Inc.

Brent Redenius, President
PO Box 1987
Sunriver, OR 97707

Office: 541-593-8360
Cell: 541-977-6274
Fax: 541-593-1963

We are a full service tree company since 1974. We offer the following services in Central Oregon, primarily in Sunriver, Bend and La Pine: Hazardous Tree Evaluation & Removal, Ladder Fuel Reduction, Chipping, Stump Grinding, Tree Loss Appraisal and more.

Our Equipment:
3 Morbark M15 chippers
1 Bobcat 864 track loader w/ mower deck attachment if needed
1 Bobcat T650 track loader w/ mower deck attachment if needed
3 Chip trucks w/dump beds (7 – 10 cubic yard capacity)
2 flat bed trucks w/dump beds
1 tool truck/crew truck

Fuels crew consists of a 3 to 4-man crew using a technique of clearing bitterbrush and other ladder fuels on the ground first with clearing saws, followed by removing dead limbs with chainsaws. Hazard trees and dead trees are dropped last. The brush can either be chipped in place by pushing the chipper through the forest with a bobcat track loader or the brush can be stacked in place or dragged out to a road where it is chipped into a chip truck.