Create a Defensible Space

Three Zones of Defensible Space

Click on the links below for information about creating defensible space:

UDRC Defensible Space Reimbursement Program

As of June 4, 2020, funds for the Defensible Space Reimbursement Program have been fully allocated for 2020. We cannot accept applications at this time.

The Upper Deschutes River Communities 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 your expenses for licensed fuels reduction contractors or rental equipment up to $500 maximum per landowner. Because funds are limited this program is restricted to communities between Spring River Road and La Pine State Recreation Road and the Spring River, Haner Park, and Wild River communities. To qualify for this program fill out the online 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.

UDRC Low-income Senior or Disabled Defensible Space Program

UDRC has partnered with Council on Aging to provide free wildfire fuels reduction services for low-income senior or disabled homeowners in the Upper Deschutes River and La Pine Community Wildfire Protection Plan areas. Click here for a printable flyer describing the program. Click here to print the Defensible Space Program Application form with age and income requirements.

If you want to participate in this program, please print and fill out the application form and mail it to Council on Aging. UDRC will accept as many qualified applicants as resources allow. A representative from UDRC will asses your property and propose a fuels reduction project to improve your defensible space for a wildfire.

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.

Deschutes County Fuel Reduction Discretionary Grant Program

The Deschutes County Board of Commissioners has allocated $40,000 to fund fuel reduction projects to reduce wildfire risk in Deschutes County communities. Preference will be given to communities or neighborhoods that are working to be recognized as a Firewise USA site or are currently recognized as a Firewise USA site and are proposing projects consistent with their Firewise action plan and community assessment. The first round of applications will be accepted until December 13, 2019. Click on Deschutes County Fuel Reduction Grant Program for more information.

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.

Fuels Reduction Contractors

This list is provided for information only and is not an endorsement by the UDRC.

3 Rivers Tree Service

Reuben Womack
14830 South Century Drive
Sunriver, OR 97707
Phone: 541-593-3013
Cell: 541-280-3879

Heartwood Forest Contracting, LLC

Eric Metzger and Lacey England
724 SE 6th St.
Bend, OR 97702
Phone: 541-595-8649

Pro Tree Care, LLC

Kyle Otteni
PO Box 65
La Pine, OR 97739
Phone: 541-536-2628

South County Sheet Metal & Specialties

Travis Crumley
16062 Pine Drop Ln.
La Pine, OR 97739
(541) 815-6926
(541) 420-2929

Spring River Tree Service, Inc.

Brent Redenius
PO Box 1987
Sunriver, OR 97707
Office: 541-593-8360
Cell: 541-977-6274

Woodland Rehab and Restoration

Ronald Paden
PO Box 821
La Pine, OR 97739
Cell: 541-639-6324

Deschutes County Fuels Reduction Contractors Pool

Click here for a list of fuels reduction contractors approved for Deschutes County projects.