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Defensible Space Grants in Summit County

Save 50% On Defensible Space Tree Work

If you want free financing to help protect your home from wildfires, Layman Tree Service - a local and dependable tree removal service in Breckenridge - will help you acquire a Hazardous Fuels Reduction (HFR) Grant to cover 50% of the cost to create a defensible space surrounding your home. This defensible space will be treated by Layman Tree Service to reduce the spread of wildfire.

What's a Defensible Space?

Our neighborhoods are surrounded by forests and we must employ proactive management strategies to reduce the potential impacts of wildfire. Creating defensible space around homes is a critical aspect of protecting mountain communities. It is recommended that every home in Summit County have a defensible space.

What are the 3 Defensible Space zones?

  1. Immediate Zone: includes the home and the area 0-5' from the furthest attached exterior point of the home.

  2. Intermediate Zone: includes the area 5-30' from the furthest exterior point of the home.

  3. Extended Zone: includes the area 30-100 ', out to 200' from the home.

Learn More: The Summit County Defensible Space Partners Program

Financing is provided by the Summit County "Hazardous Fuels Reduction Grant" program. The easiest way to be awarded grant funding is by working with our tree service company to create a defensible space plan and submit the application for funding. The deadline for 2023 applications is March 2023, so the best time for consulting is this summer/winter.

(Our team at Layman Tree Service will facilitate the entire application and planning process for you).

How does Layman Tree Service Help Me Create a Defensible Space?

Layman Tree Service will meet with you to create the best defensible space plan for your property. The services required to meet the guidelines involve: removing all ground fuels within 30 feet of your home, trimming trees up to 10 feet off the ground, and removing various trees in order to break up the fuel chain connecting the forest to your home or structure.

You can learn more about the Defensible Space Partners Program here.


Operating in Summit County since 2018, Layman Tree Service is independently owned and operated by Breckenridge resident Robbie Layman. Robbie has accumulated years of first-hand mentorship from working closely with the best in the business to deliver an unmatched quality of service in the tree removal industry. Robbie first learned from accomplished arborists who have worked in all areas of the United States and studied under tree felling experts with the U.S. Forest Service, before opening his own Tree Service company in 2018.

Summit County Tree Removal Services
Summit County Tree Removal Services

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