Dear Paradise Community,
Over the last several weeks, our community has seen hazard trees fall on public and private property, and in some cases, cause damage to homes. The removal of these hazard trees has been a top priority of Town Council and staff since the first days after the Camp Fire, which is the reason we worked so hard to convince Cal OES and FEMA to create a program to help our property owners remove hazard trees in order to rebuild. FEMA has never before funded a program to remove hazard trees on private property, and the Government Hazard Tree Removal Program is the first of its kind. While it took longer to get started than we had expected, the Government Program is removing eligible trees right now at a rate of about 200-250 per day.
I want to encourage anyone who has not enrolled in a program to remove their hazard trees, to enroll now while the Government program is still accepting Right of Entry (ROE) Forms. I know this is not an easy process and it can feel overwhelming, but the Town has staff to help – our Tree Advocates – who are available to answer questions and help our residents through this process. The deadline to enroll in the program is December 31, 2020 and this is the last chance to enroll. Enrollment has been open for a year, and there will be no extension to the deadline. Eligible trees remaining on private property after the ROE deadline may have to be removed through abatement at a significant cost to property owners. The Government Program will remove trees at no out-of-pocket cost to you. As your Mayor, I ask you to help Paradise move forward in rebuilding by removing your hazard trees before they threaten the lives and property of you and your neighbors.
Tree Advocates – serving property owners in Paradise
Call: (530) 872-6291 x 162 or 163
In Person :Paradise Town Hall – 5555 Skyway (By Appointment Only)
(Residents in unincorporated areas, please call the ROE center at 530.552.3030)