Residential Chipper Program

The Chipper Programs encourages property owners to cut and remove hazardous vegetation and improve property maintenance by reducing the cost of hauling and disposing of vegetation. Participation is voluntary, and availability is on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Online registration is required (telephone assistance available if needed).


Central Marin Fire Department and Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority (MWPA - are actively engaged, even in the winter months, in the ongoing effort to reduce wildfire hazards in Corte Madera. 

In the month of February, work will begin in earnest on several broom removal projects, with multiple crews pulling and disposing of French and Scotch broom to reduce wildfire fuel, control the spread of invasive species, and restore forest heath for wildfire resiliency. This important work is timed to occur before the plants flower and release new seeds in early spring, to help control future infestation and reduce long term maintenance requirements.

Planning is underway for the 2021 residential chipper program. In cooperation with FIRESafe MARIN, Central Marin Fire Department will offer a minimum of two opportunities for any resident of Wildland Urban Interface areas (WUI) to schedule a FREE curbside pickup of cut vegetation. Based on feedback and demand, our crews will pick up more material this year, with an increase in the allowable pile size, and an extra day of service has been added.  This service will begin in late May, and continue through the end of November. A schedule will be published in late February at