Free Dead Tree Removal
In its efforts to reduce the fuel load in the District, the Los Altos Hills County Fire District has established a number of programs to assist district homeowners.
The District is offering optional and voluntary removal of dead or dying trees from resident’s property. You may have received a card in the mail asking if you would be interested in participating in this sort of program. Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about the program:
Who is eligible?
Any resident of the Los Altos Hills County Fire District which includes all of Los Altos Hills and the connected portions of unincorporated Santa Clara County.
How much does it cost to have my dead or dying tree removed?
If approved by the District’s designated arborist, the District will cover the cost.
What varieties of trees are covered?
Any dead tree.
Are eucalyptus or oak trees included?
Can I use my own arborist or tree company?
The District will only cover the removal if the Fire District’s tree company is used. The Fire District’s arborist will make the decision as to whether a tree is eligible for the program.
Can I keep all the wood and chips? Will the tree company haul it all away?
It’s up to you and the tree company…you can keep some, all or none of the tree/chips.
I am a renter…can I use the program?
Yes, but the Homeowner needs to sign the work order authorizing the work.
Can I hire the tree company to consult on and provide other tree services?
Yes, but they must be handled separately. The District will only cover the cost of the removal of the District’s arborist approved dead or dying trees.
Is the tree company licensed and insured?
Yes, they can provide you with specifics.
How do I sign up?
You can either return the postcard you receive in the mail or you can send a letter (with your contact information and property address) to:
Los Altos Hills County Fire District
P.O. Box 1766
Los Altos, CA 94023-1766
Call the Fire District at (650) 949-1044 weekdays between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm.