In collaboration with California State Fire Assistance and California Fire Safe Councils, Big Bear Fire Protection District runs an incredibly successful chipping program for its residents. The department attributes it success to effective defensible space education programs and outreach efforts. It offers classes to teach landscapers, handymen, and timber operators about best practices for creating defensible space, new rules/ordinances, and how to protect migratory nesting birds and sensitive plants. They make it easy for residents and landscapers to sign up for the chipping program on their website - thinisin.org. Since the start of its most recent chipping program, BBFPD has measured over 160 tons of chipped material that was removed from about 130 acres by 477 participants! Impressive!