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Forest Health

Nederland Defensible Space (Formerly Nederland Saws and Slaws)

Nederland Defensible Space, or neD-SPACE, is a Town-sponsored community based effort to promote healthy forests and reduce fire danger in our neighborhoods. The program brings neighbors and volunteers together to do fire mitigation on a group of properties within a neighborhood during the morning of the event and then share food and company afterwards with an afternoon potluck : “Forestry and Food”! It is a wonderful way to get to know your neighbors and build community. After a morning of working side by side, participants get to look over their handiwork, see real progress towards reduced fire danger, and enjoy a summer afternoon gathering. New in 2017: all host properties must be enrolled in the Wildfire Partners program.

For more information, visit the Nederland Defensible Space website.

Boulder County Wildfire Partners

Boulder County’s Wildfire Partners program has established a proven track record of helping County homeowners prepare for wildfire. Participants receive a personalized home risk assessment to guide them in removing vegetation and hardening their homes. Note that all who volunteer at a neD-SPACE event in 2017 qualify for a free risk assessment (normally $100).

Firewise Communities

The Town of Nederland is recognized as a Firewise Community by Firewise Communities USA. Our annual Firewise Day event is the Nederland Firewise Town Cleanup.

Firewise Annual Spring Clean-Up

The 2017 FIREWISE Annual Spring Clean-Up was held Saturday, June 3 at the Boulder County Transportation Yard, the Nederland Transfer Station and the Nederland-area Sort Yard, all located on Ridge Road, just north of Nederland.

Nederland’s Firewise Town Clean-up takes place each spring (typically late May/early June), starting at 8am and ending when the dumpsters are full.  The focus of the event is to clear and maintain the home ignition zone around residents’ homes and businesses as part of their wildfire preparation efforts. Boulder County residents are encouraged to bring combustible materials, such as logs, slash, duff and grass, recyclable materials, and landfill waste to the cleanup site for disposal. Please note: these events is for Boulder County residents only.  Proof of residency is required, such as a tax statement, mortgage document, lease agreement or utility bill, showing a physical address. The annual Firewise Town Cleanup is sponsored jointly by Boulder County and the Town of Nederland.

Nederland Area Community Sort Yard

Boulder County operates a forestry sort yard at 291 Ridge Road where forest materials can be dropped off for free. The facility is open in 2017 Wednesday through Saturday from May 3 through October 14. More information on the County sort yards can be found here.

Wildfire mitigation includes cutting grass and moving flammable material away from your home, thinning trees and removing low branches to keep surface fires from climbing into the crowns and hardening one’s home against embers. The town, county and state have developed guides for wild mitigation and pine beetle identification.

For mitigation resources, visit these pages:

  PROSAB Forest Health Brochure (337.6 KiB, 1,440 hits)

Bark Beetles

Have a larger impact, identify and remove trees infested with Pine Beetles. Each infested tree you properly remove can save 4-7 trees the following year and up to 50 trees the next! Take your slash and logs from the infested trees to the Sort Yard for proper disposal.

For more information on bark beetles, visit this page:

Check back here for news on upcoming neighborhood wildfire mitigation efforts.