Create a Defensible Space

UDRC: Defensible Space Reimbursement Program

Funds for the Defensible Space Reimbursement Program have been fully allocated for 2019. We cannot accept any more 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 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.

UDRC: Senior Low-income Defensible Space Program

UDRC has partnered with Council on Aging to provide free wildfire fuels reduction services for senior low income 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.

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

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

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