The Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction Committee participated in the development of the initial brush pickup program and supported it within the community before it was ever started.
The brush pick-up program allows all members of this community to have use of the grant funds. It was designed so that the average property owner can clear his property and not have to make all the trips to the landfill. Those residents without the means to haul cut brush just have to pile the debris beside the road in front of their property and the fuel route people will come and pick it up. There is no other system that we are aware of in the United States that provides this service on a daily rotating schedule.
During 2009, due to the perfect storm of circumstances, the pickup fell behind and the community was faced with an ever growing number of piles all over town. The Fuel Reduction Committee, being bombarded with calls from the public, used money from private donations to hire a private contract service to haul 41 tons off the side of the road to help catch the fuel route up.
The Pine-Strawberry Fire Department (PSFD) eventually took over the funding and implementation of the brush pick-up program. As grants for this service become extremely unlikely to be awarded in the future, the PSFD is developing ways to continue funding for this vital piece of the communities fuel reduction program. In 2013 the brush pick-up program came to a halt as no further grants were available for the program.
In December of 2013 Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction Fuel Reduction, Inc. began a fundraiser to help bring back a brush pick-up program that would be run by the Pine-Strawberry Fire Department using the same equipment they had mothballed.
For current status, see the latest updates on the Brush Pick-Up Program.